President Gets New York Political News

November 6, 1864

President Lincoln writes Secretary of State William H. Seward, who is home in Auburn, New York: “Nothing of much importance. Day-before-yesterday rebels destroyed two more of our wooden gun-boats, at Johnsonville, on Tennessee River. Curtis, on the 4th., was at Fayetteville, Ark. still pursuing and damaging Price. Richmond papers say Yankees landed at Escambia Bay, below Hilton (not far from Mobile) captured fifty men, and destroyed all camp equipage, wagons Saltworks, &c and every thing in and about Hilton. Richmond papers also confirm the destruction of the Albemarle & the consequent evacuation of Plymouth N.C.”

New York Republican political boss Thurlow Weed, an ally of Seward who usually was a political pessimist, writes President Lincoln: “I am preparing to go to Albany– If I had been there, as usual, I could have told you how the State would vote to-morrow. Here, amid “noise and confusion” I cannot judge for myself.

The confidence of the Adversary has risen during the last twenty-four hours. Their Speakers come in encouraged. All, however, depend upon the Fraudulent Votes, the manufacture of which has been enormous.

Gen. Butler’s order, this morning, allays the excitement which his presence occasioned. And yet I am by no means sure that we shall not suffer. I know that most of our Friends would have advised against sending either the General or Troops.

All has been done that can be done here. Every Ward — here and in Brooklyn — and every Election District, is abundantly supplied with “material aid.” I don’t like to loose my own Vote or I would stay here to-morrow.

I am sorry to see so many of the Returning Soldiers against us. They obtained Furloughs under false pretenses.

If New-York goes right your majority will be greater than your opponents Vote.

In a second note, Weed writes: “I have information — reliable I think — that the recent Letter of Mr [Alexander T.] Stevens, of Georgia, was reluctantly written, upon assurance from this city, that it would elect McClellan and bring Peace; and that now, regarding your re-election as “a fixed fact,” he will resign his Vice Presidency and take ground in favor of a Restoration of the Union.

I was with Gen. [Benjamin F.] Butler till late last Evening. He will promulgate a soothing General Order to-morrow morning. His arrival here caused great excitement, and uneasiness among our Friends. I believe he made a discreet disposition of his Troops.

We are safe in the State if not overwhelmed by Fraudulent Votes, of which Tens of thousands here are manufactured.

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