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Growth of Lincoln's reputation.-His dejection.-Greeley's letters.-Herndon's mission to the Eastern states.— Interviews with Seward, Douglas, Greeley, Beecher, and others. The letter from Boston.-The Springfield convention.-Lincoln nominated Senator.-The "house-dividedagainst-itself" speech.-Reading it to his friends.-Their comments and complaints.-Douglas's first speech in Chicago. The joint canvass.-Lincoln and Douglas contrasted.-Lincoln on the stump.-Positions of Lincoln and Douglas.-Incidents of the debate. The result.—More letters from Horace Greeley.-How Lincoln accepted his defeat.-A specimen of his oratory.
Detailed account of the campaign of 1858 by Horace White.-Douglas's imposing entrance into Chicago.—His opening speech.-Meetings at Beardstown, Havana, and Lewiston.-Description of the two champions at Ottawa.— The Dixon conference.-The Freeport debate and its important consequences.-Mr. Lincoln's minor meetings.-His impressive speech at Edwardsville.-Increasing excitement as the campaign proceeded.-Remarkable gatherings at Charleston and Galesburg.-Debates at Quincy and Alton. -The "Danites."-Senator Trumbull, Owen Lovejoy, Carl Schurz, Frank P. Blair, and other participants.-The election.
A glimpse of Lincoln's home.-Sunday in the office with the boys. Mrs. Lincoln's temper.-Troubles with the servants.-Letter to John E. Rosette.-What Lincoln did when the domestic sea was troubled.—A retrospect.—Lincoln's want of speculation. His superstition.-Reading the life of Edmund Burke.-His scientific notions.-Writing the book against Christianity.-Recollections of Lincoln's views by old friends.-Statement of Mrs. Lincoln.
Effect of the canvass of 1858 on Lincoln's pocket-book.— Attempts to lecture.-On the stump with Douglas in Ohio.— Incidents of the Ohio canvass.-The dawn of 1860.-Presidential suggestions.-Meeting in the office of the Secretary of State. The Cooper Institute speech.-Speaking in New England. Looming up.-Preparing for Chicago.-Letters to a friend. The Decatur convention.-John Hanks bringing in the rails.-The Chicago convention.—The canvass of 1860.-Lincoln casting his ballot.-Attitude of the clergy in Springfield. The election and result.
Arrival of the office-seekers in Springfield.-Recollections of a newspaper correspondent.-How Lincoln received the cabinet-makers.-Making up the cabinet.-A letter from Henry Wilson.-Visiting Chicago and meeting with Joshua F. Speed.-Preparing the Inaugural address.-Lincoln's selfconfidence. Separation from his step-mother.-Last days in Springfield.-Parting with old associates.-Departure of the Presidential party from Springfield.-The journey to Washington and efforts to interrupt the same.-' -The investigations of Allan Pinkerton.-The Inauguration.
In the Presidential chair.-Looking after his friends.— Settling the claims of David Davis.-Swett's letter.-The visit of Herndon.-The testimony of Mrs. Edwards.-Letter from and interview with Mrs. Lincoln.-A glimpse into the White House.-A letter from John Hay.-Bancroft's eulogy. Strictures of David Davis.-Dennis Hanks in Washington.
The recollections of Lincoln by Joshua F. Speed.-An interesting letter by Leonard Swett.