Anxiety on Eve of the Election

November 7, 1864

Pennsylvania Republican Alexander McClure writes to President Lincoln from Pennsylvania: ‘The work is as well done as it can be done, & well enough I have no doubt. We shall carry the State by from 5,000 to 10,000 on the home vote, & it may be more, unless all signs are deceptive.   We should have had much more, but it is too late for complaint, & we shall have enough. I go home to-morrow greatly encouraged by the conviction that your Election will be by a decisive vote, & give you all the moral power necessary for your high & holy trust….’

From Maryland, Henry W. Hoffman writes President : “Our canvass closes to day, and from the improvement made of the time since the vote upon the Constitution, I have every reason to anticipate the most satisfactory result upon to morrow.

Armed with the powers conferred by the New Constitution, we have taken the precaution to provide as far as possible against the introduction of votes obnoxious to it’s provisions.

I have had printed and placed in the hands of the Judges of Election and challengers, a circular, which, with the organization now existing in the State, will I have every reason to believe be productive of the greatest good.

I anticipate a largely increased majority for our National and State ticket in the City and a materially reduced one against it in all the Rebel strongholds of the State.

I have arranged for the earliest returns from all parts of the State and will forward them by Military Telegraph as fast as received.

President Lincoln orders General Benjamin F. Butler, not noted for his subtlety in dealing with civilians, to avert clashes between state and federal military forces on election day.

Quaker Elizabeth S. Comstock visits President Lincoln and reads from Isaiah. “Mr. Lincoln was highly gratified with the interview, and before taking her leave she kneeled in prayer, while he joined in the reverend [sic] attitude.”

John Hay writes in his diary: “Talking with the President a day or two ago about Sherman he told me that Sherman was inclined to let Hood run his gait for a while, while he overran the Gulf States in Hoods rear. Grant seems rather inclined to have Sherman strike and destroy Hood now, before going South but gives no orders in the case.”   Hay writes fellow presidential aide John G. Nicolay: “I have nothing to say till the day after tomorrow. God save the Republic!”

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