Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  83

To William Nast [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Reverend & Dear Sir: October 31st, 1864.

It is with feelings of cordial gratification, that I acknowledge the reception of your communication of the 20th. of October, covering the Resolutions of the Central German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, adopted at their recent session.

I have not been unprepared for this definite and unequivocal statement of the continued loyalty and devotion of the Church you represent, to the free institutions of the country of your adoption. The conduct of your people since the outbreak of this desolating rebellion, has been the best proof of the sincerity of your present professions.

I trust it is not too early for us to rejoice together over the promise of the speedy removal of that blot upon our civilization, always heretofore a standing menace to our peace and liberties, whose destruction, so long desired by all friends of impartial freedom, has at last been rendered possible by the crimes of its own reckless friends I am very truly, Your obedient servant,

Reverend William Nast A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   LS-P, ISLA. Reverend William Nast's letter of October 20 is not in the Lincoln Papers. The Central German Methodist Conference had met in Cincinnati August 24-30. Nast was editor of Der Christliche Apologete, the organ of the German Methodists published at Cincinnati, Ohio.