President Lincoln Works on Annual Message to Congress

December 4, 1863

President Lincoln remains in bed at the White House but continues to work on his Annual Message to Congress, which is customarily presented in written form and read to the assembled House and Senate.  Nevertheless, President Lincoln receives a small delegation of Kentucky politicians.  He writes Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: “Hon. B. J. Clay and Hon. G. C. Smith present this petition and join in it.  Therefore let Clifton F. Estill, named within, be discharged, on the conditions stated.”  Estill was being held as a Confederate” prisoner of war at Camp Douglas being a private of John Morgan’s command captured in Ohio.”

The First Lady telegraphs to President Lincoln from the Metropolitan Hotel in New York: “”Reached here last evening.  Very tired and severe headache.  Hope to hear you are doing well.  Expect a telegraph to-day.”  He responded: “All going well.”

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