President Lincoln Declines to Meet Governor Oliver Morton

February 1, 1863

President Lincoln responded to a note from Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton requesting to meet him in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania about Copperhead Democrats: “I think it would not do for me to meet you at Harrisburg.  It would be known, and would be misconstrued a thousand ways.  Of course if the whole truth could be told and accepted as the truth, it would do no harm, but that is impossible.”

New York Republican boss Thurlow Weed writes President Lincoln to explain why left the editorship of the Albany Evening Journal and to complain about his ongoing feud with New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley: “I retired from an apprehension that I was doing more harm than good. I could not remain without remonstrance against a Spirit by which you are persecuted, and which I know will end our Union and Government. It is impossible, just now, to resist Fanaticism — a Fanaticism which divides the North and deprives you of the support essential, vital indeed, to the Life of the Republic. It constant cry is: “Give! Give!” and the more you give the more it demands.

They accuse me of “opposing the Administration.” I answered that falsehood yesterday, and sent Mr Nicolay a Paper. I have labored to shield the Administration from their persecution.

There is crazy “method” in Greeley’s Abolitionism. He has the Presidency on his Brain. He ran “Maine Law into the ground” expecting to make himself Governor. His Ambition is mere Lunacy, but, unfortunately, I fear he possesses the power to ruin our Country. If I could be heard by the same, and the same number, of readers, I should hope to open their eyes.

This State was ours, in November, by 25,000 majority, with Morgan, and 50,000 with Dix, but he, and his like, would have an Abolition issue for Governor, that they might secure a Legislature in favor of Greeley or Field, for U. S. Senator.

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