Candidate Abraham Lincoln assembled this scrapbook of news accounts
reporting the seven debates between himself and Senator Stephen
Douglas for the Illinois seat in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign.
Recognizing that the partisan nature of the press could lead to
inaccuracies, Lincoln had his speeches clipped from newspapers sympathetic
to the Republican Party and the speeches of Douglas clipped from
the Democratic press. Lincoln occasionally made notes in the margins
when he felt the reportage required changes or comment.