President Works on Conkling Letter for Springfield Rally

August 23, 1863

President Lincoln revises Conkling letter after riding in from the Soldiers Home where he had spent the night: “This morning we ate an egg and came in very early,” writes John Hay in his diary.  “He went to the library to write a letter to Conkling & I went to pack my trunk for the North.”   Unlike Lincoln, Hay was allowed to take a vacation.  He was headed for New York and Long Branch, New Jersey.    He writes an officer in the War Department: “I am going to the sea-shore; burst not with envy.”  Hay leaves William O. Stoddard to act as the chief presidential aide.

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