President Lincoln Writes Letter for Baltimore

October 9, 1864

President Lincoln writes former Secretary of War Simon Cameron: “There is absolutely no news here from the Army of the Potomac not published in Stantons bulletins of yesterday and before. The line is open, and mere business despatches are passing over it. Have no alarm, on bogus despatches.”

Presidential aide John Hay writes in his diary: “The President is fighting today to get time to write a letter to the Baltimore meeting but is crowded as usual by visitors,” writes John Hay in his diary. Concern is mounting about election. Hay writes: “Cameron telegraphed last night that the magnificent demonstration in Philadelphia was the certain augury of victory on Tuesday. Thurlow Weed says he is easy about Pennsylvania but anxious about Indiana. Defrees writes under the date October 5 from Indiana that he thinks the state will be ours by a small majority. Illinoisans generally claim Illinois.”

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