Slow Day at the White House

December 5, 1863

With Mrs. Lincoln away, his illness lingering and his Annual Message to Congress pending, President Lincoln has reasons to remain in bed as he recovers from variloid.   He telegraphs “All doing well” to his wife in New York.

Presidential aide John Hay writes: “The exciting canvass for Speaker closed on Saturday night…by Washburne withdrawing and Colfax being nominated by acclamation” by Republicans.”  Illinois Congressman Elihu B. Washburne was closer to President Lincoln that Indiana Congressman Schuyler Colfax.

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