Columbus, Ohio , Oct. 4, 1863
Columbus, Ohio , Oct. 4, 1863
An accident detained me in Columbus today and gave me an opportunity of seeing [John] Brough [governor of Ohio] . . .
He says they will carry Ohio by at least 25,000 votes, independent of the soldiers who will indefinitely increase it . . .
Brough is much more anxious about [Andrew] Curtin [Pennsylvania governor running for reelection] than about himself.
Brough thinks that as yet in the Keystone State
The prospect is rather uncertain;
The fifth act is near, and we only wait,
Impatient, the rise of the Curtin.
A hazy joke, with which I close.
Hay was Lincoln’s private secretary.
Chicago Sanitary Commission,
Branch of U.S. Sanitary Commission
Rooms No. 66 Madison Street
Chicago, Oct. 11, 1863
Abraham Lincoln, Pres. U.S.A.,
The patriotic women of the Northwestern States will hold a grand fair in Chicago on the last week of Oct., and the first of Nov. to raise funds for the Sanitary Commission of the Northwest whose head quarters are in Chicago. The Commission labors especially for the sick and wounded soldiers of the South western States, of whose bravery, and persistent endurance, we are all justly proud. . . .
The Executive Committee have been urgently requested to solicit from Mrs. Lincoln and yourself some donation to this great Fair — not so much for the value of the gift, as for the eclat which this circumstance would give to the Fair. It has been suggested to us from various quarters that the most acceptable donation you could possibly make, would be the original manuscript of the proclamation of emancipation, and I have been instructed to ask for this, if it is at all consistent with what is proper, for you to donate it. There would be great competition among buyers to obtain possession of it, and to say nothing of the interest that would attach to such a gift, it would prove pecuniarily of great value. We should take pains to have such an arrangement made as would place the document permanently in either the State of the Chicago Historical Society. . . .
Yours very respectfully,
Mrs. D. P. Livermore.
Lincoln sent the proclamation, which sold at the fair for $3,000 and was donated to the Chicago Historical Society, where it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871.
Knoxville October 15 1863.
To the President of the US
In the name of Christianity & humanity, in the name of God and Liberty, for the sake of their wives and children & everything they hold sacred & dear on earth the loyal people of Tennessee appeal to you & implore you not to abandon them against the merciless dominion of the Rebels by a withdrawal of the U.S. forces from upper East Tenn.
John Williams and N.G. Taylor, Ex-M.C. (Member of Congress)
Office of Supervisory Committee
for Recruiting Colored Regiments
Philadelphia, November 5th 1863
To his Excellency the President of the United States,
This memorial on behalf of the Supervisory Committee for recruiting Colored Regiments in the State of Pennsylvania respectfully represent