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Saturday, July 31, 1858.+-

Springfield, IL.

Lincoln writes Douglas accepting latter's terms for debates. He also writes to Henry Asbury, anticipating Douglas's stand during the campaign: Douglas cares nothing for South, but will attempt to hold Illinois by every means. If pressed on power of territorial legislature to exclude slavery, he will answer that slavery cannot exist without "protective territorial legislation." He writes John C. Bagby of Rushville, declining to speak there August 21, 1858, as he debates Douglas at Ottawa on that date. He will try to send Trumbull. Abraham Lincoln to Stephen A. Douglas, 31 July 1858, CW, 2:531-32; Abraham Lincoln to Henry Asbury, 31 July 1858, CW, 2:530-31; Abraham Lincoln to John C. Bagby, 31 July 1858, CW, 2:531

Lincoln buys "trimming" for his wife at John Williams' store. Pratt, Personal Finances, 149.