Senator Douglas responded in a speech of over an hour in which he briefly reviewed the history of the past and the prospect of the future.
We could not but remember the scene of 1854, when instead of welcoming huzzas he was greeted with denunciation. The past, however, is gone; the present is upon us; and instead of the mere handful who indorsed his course in 1854, he now can count thousands who have approved his course, and an united constituency who applaud and admire the fidelity with which he has adhered to his principles and to the pledges he made to the people.
[Chicago Daily Journal, July 9, 1858]
THE OVATION TO SENATOR DOUGLAS
The followers of Senator Douglas are straining their utmost powers to make the demonstration in behalf of their champion on his return home, a great and "glorious" affair, this evening. If it does not prove imposing, and if there is not a tremendous outward show of "enthusiasm" displayed on the occasion, it will not be for lack of effort on the part of the Senator's more active worshippers to render it so. They have been begging and scraping together all the spare dollars, shillings, dimes and six pences that could be obtained, for the last few weeks,—have bought powder enough to supply the Utah war—have expended large sums in getting up banners and devices—and have laid out not a small sum in hiring men and boys to make up a big procession and make a big noise. Surely, after such extensive preparations, we have a right to anticipate a great time, and shall expect to see the lionized Senator perfectly emblazoned in the glory of triumphant honors.
[From the same paper]
Personal. — Hon. A. Lincoln, 0. H. Browning, Judge I. O. Wilkinson of Rock Island, and other distinguished gentlemen from different parts of the State are at present in the city, in attendance on the U. S. District Court.
[Chicago Daily Journal, July 10, 1858]
SPEECH OF SENATOR DOUGLAS LAST NIGHT
Several thousand people, amongst whom were many Republicans, who were present as a matter of curiosity—assembled in front of the Tremont House last evening, on the occasion of the reception of