— Looking for Lincoln —Lincoln wrote Douglas on July 24, 1858, challenging him "to divide time and address the same audiences" during the campaign. The Senator suggested seven locations, adding, "I will confer with you at the earliest convenient opportunity in regard to the mode of conducting the debate, the times of meeting at the several places?."When it was learned that Douglas would speak in Monticello, July 29, 1858, Bryant invited Senator and Mrs. Douglas to an overnight stay. The couples traveled to Monticello early on July 29, 1858. After a successful meeting, they returned to Bement.When the Bryant carriage was about one mile south of Monticello, they met a prairie schooner. Douglas remarked, "There comes Lincoln; I wish to speak to him a moment." Douglas asked if he had received his letter. Lincoln replied favorably, asking where they might later confer. Bryant invited Lincoln to his home in Bement. After his speech in Monticello, Lincoln hurried to Bement. The meeting in Bryant's parlor allowed Lincoln and Douglas to confer and agree on debate details.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Placed By||Sue Plummer Loveridge & Sunshine in Memory of Family, Clark (Dingy), Lyndal, & Ray Plummer|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:39pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 365672 N 4420428|
|Decimal Degrees||39.92331667, -88.57186667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 55.399', W 88° 34.312'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 55' 23.94" N, 88° 34' 18.72" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 E Wilson St, Bement IL 61813, US|
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