Presidential Goat is Missing

August 8, 1863

President Lincoln writes his wife an unusually chatty letter – which apparently was never actually delivered to her: “ All as well as usual, and no particular trouble any way.  I put the money into the Treasury at five per cent, with the previlege of withdrawing it any time upon thirty days’ notice.  I suppose you are glad to learn this.  Tell dear Tad, poor ‘Nanny Goat,’ is lost; and Mrs. Cuthbert & I are in distress about it.  The day you left Nanny was found resting herself, and chewing her little cud, on the middle of Tad’s bed.  But now she’s gone!  The gardener kept complaining that she destroyed the flowers, till it was concluded to bring her down to he White House. This was done, and the second day she had disappeared, and has not been heard of since.  This is the last we know of poor ‘Nanny’

The weather continues dry, and excessively warm here.

Nothing very important occurring.  The election in Kentucky has gone very strongly right.  Old Mr. Wickliffe got ugly, as you know, ran for Governor, and is terribly beaten.  Upon Mr. Crittenden’s death, Brutus Clay, Cassius’ brother, was put on the track for Congress, and is largely elected.  Mr. Menzies, who, as we thought, behaved very badly last session of Congress, is largely beaten in the District opposite Cincinnati, by Green Clay Smith, Cassius Clay’s nephew.  But enough.  Affectionately

President Lincoln writes General John Foster, commander of Union forces around Norfolk: “This will be handed you by Governor [Francis H.] Peirpoint of Virginia,” whom Lincoln had sent to Portsmouth to help poor families there.”

He goes, among other things, seeking to adjust a difficulty at Norfolk and Portsmouth. It seems there is a large number of families in Portsmouth who are destitute and whose natural supporters are in the rebel army or have been killed in it. These destitute families must live somehow, and it seems the city authorities on one side, and our military on the other, are in ruinous conflict about the mode of providing.

Governor Peirpoint is a good man, and if you will place him in conference and amicable relations with the military authority in the vicinity, I do not doubt that much good will come of it. Please do it.

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