President Lincoln Congratulates New Louisiana Governor

March 13, 1864

President Lincoln writes newly-elected Louisiana Governor  Michael Hahn urging consideration for extending suffrage to blacks: “I congratulate you on having fixed your name in history as the first free-state Governor of Louisiana.  Now you are about to have a Convention which, among other things, will probably define the elective franchise.  I barely suggest for your private consideration, whether some of the colored people may not be let in–as, for instance, the very intelligent, and especially those who have fought gallantly in our ranks.  They would probably help, in some trying time to come, to keep the jewel of liberty within the family of freedom.  But this only a suggestion, not the public, but to you alone.”

President Lincoln meets with actor J. H. Hackett.  They discuss Shakespeare.

President Lincoln writes General Carl Schurz: “Yours of February 29th, reached me only four days ago; but the delay was of little consequence, because I found, on feeling around, I could not invite you here without a difficulty which at least would be unpleasant, and perhaps would be detrimental to the public service. Allow me to suggest that if you wish to remain in the military service, it is very dangerous for you to get temporarily out of it; because, with a Major General once out, it is next to impossible for even the President to get him in again. With my appreciation of your ability, and correct principle, of course I would be very glad to have your service for the country in the approaching political canvass; but I fear we can not properly have it, without separating you from the military.”

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