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Collected Works, III, 84-85. 22 LINCOLN'S "LITTLE ENGINE" supporter overnight, but more often he checked in at a primitive village hotel. 17 On the whole, Lincoln was his own campaign manager, keeping up a stream of letters to those responsible for local arrangements. Whenever necessary, he modified his travel plans. Eager to offend no one and to reach as many voters as possible, Lincoln generously complied with the wishes of local supporters, adding appearances, seeking few comforts, and adjusting to the rigors of outdoor speaking in all kinds of weather.
From the beginning to the end of our travels the fund of anecdotes never failed, and wherever we happened to be all the people within ear-shot would begin to work their way up to this inimitable storyteller. His stories were always apropos of something going on. Although the intervals between the meetings were filled up brimful with mirth in this way, Mr. M. on August 14, Lincoln made a second two-hour speech. On August 16 he retraced his route downriver to Bath to answer a lastminute request for a speech, his third.
John W Forney, Anecdotes of Public Men (2 vok; New York, 1881), II, 179. 37 ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PUBLIC SPEAKER mise and popular sovereignty, and made Senator Stephen A. Douglas his principal target. In the presidential canvass of 1856, he spoke probably fifty times, and during his 1858 bid for Douglas' Senate seat, he addressed over sixty audiences in a four-month period. After his nomination for the presidency, Lincoln altered his rhetorical strategy. He became a reluctant speaker, cautious about what he said, never again to campaign, and seldom to advance "doctrinal points" in a speech.