President Lincoln Provides Copy of Gettysburg Address to Benefit Soldiers

February 4, 1864

President Lincoln responds to former Massachusetts Senator Edward Everett, who requests a copy of the brief Gettysburg Address that Lincoln had delivered on November 19.  Everett had delivered the main address that day but been very impressed with Lincoln’s much shorter effort.  Lincoln writes: “Yours of Jan. 30 was received four days ago; and since then the address mentioned has arrived. Thank you for it. I send herewith the manuscript of my remarks at Gettysburg, which, with my note to you of Nov. 20th. you are at liberty to use for the benefit of our soldiers as you have requested.”

President Lincoln writes the Senate: “In compliance with the Resolution of the Senate of the 26th ultimo, requesting `a copy of all the correspondence between the authorities of the United States and the Rebel authorities on the exchange of prisoners, and the different propositions connected with that subject,’ I transmit herewith a report from the Secretary of War, and the papers with which it is accompanied.”

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