Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Lincoln to Hay, 7/15/1864

This letter from Lincoln directed John Hay to travel to New York in 1864 on political business. Accompanying letters in the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln indicate the trip included a visit with Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune. This particular letter does not appear in Basler’s edition. It was found in the Adjutant General’s records (RG 94, M619).

TRANSCRIPT:

Executive Mansion

Washington, July 15, 1864

Major John Hay, A.A.G., will proceed at once to the City of New York, &  having executed my verbal instructions, will return to his station at this place.

A. Lincoln

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