To William H. Purnell 
W.H. Purnell, War Department,
Baltimore, Md. Washington, D.C., Nov. 15 1864.
I shall be happy to receive the committee on Thursday morning (17th.) as you propose. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 239. William H. Purnell of Baltimore, chairman of the Maryland State Central Committee, telegraphed LINCOLN on November 15: ``The State Central Com of the Union party of Md propose to visit the President for the purpose of tendering their congratulations on the result of the recent election particularly in their own State Will it be convenient for the Prest receive the Committee on the morning of Thursday the seventeenth . . . inst'' (DLC-RTL). See LINCOLN's reply to the Maryland committee, November 17, infra.