Abraham Lincoln: Letter to James C. Conkling


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Executive Mansion, Washington, August 26, 1863.

Hon. James C. Conkling

My Dear Sir.

Your letter inviting me to attend a mass meeting of Unconditional Union men, to be held at the Capitol of Illinois, on the 3d day of September, has been received.

It would be very agreeable to me, to thus meet my old friends, at my own home; but I cannot, just now, be absent from here, so long as a visit there, would require.

The meeting is to be of all those who maintain unconditional devotion to the Union; and I am sure my old political friends will thank me for tendering, as I do, the...

Source: William Henry Herndon and Jesse William Weik. Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life,...

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