President Lincoln has “something I can give everybody”

November 21, 1863

President Lincoln, sick with mild case of smallpox, quips: ‘Now I have something I can give everybody.”   Although bedridden, President Lincoln confers with Indiana Congressman Schuyler Colfax, who is seeking to be elected House Speaker when the new Congress meets.  It is the second time in two days that they have met.  They talk about the 1864 presidential race.  Aide John Hay, Letters and Diary.

Illinois Congressman Elihu B. Washburne, who is also considering a race for House speaker,  writes: “‘Old Abe’ has a well developed case of variloid.  I was with him an hour and a half the other day and we went over many things.  He did what he said he had done to no other person outside of his cabinet, he read me his message.  The Madam was very gracious when I saw her….”

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