To Alexander H. Rice 
Boston, Mass Washington, Nov. 8, 1864.
Yours received. I have no other notice that the ox is mine. If it be really so I present it to the Sailors Fair, as a contribution.
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 229. Alexander H. Rice telegraphed Lincoln on November 8, 1864: ``The mammoth Ox, Genl Grant is presented to you today. Will you pass him over to the sailors fair as a contribution'' (DLC-RTL). On November 22 Rice telegraphed: ``I have the pleasure of informing you that the Mammoth Ox, General Grant, which was presented to you on the 8th of the present month, by Carlos Pierce Esq, of this city, and byPage 97
you donated to the National Sailors' Fair on the ninth inst, has yielded upwards of Three Thousand two hundred dollars to its treasury, and that sum is held as your contribution. . . .'' (Ibid.).