Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Hon. A. R. Wright Executive Mansion,
Louisville, Ky. Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Admitting that your cotton was destroyed by the Federal Army, I do not suppose any-thing could be done for you now. Congress has appropriated no money for that class of claims, and will not, I expect, while the active war lasts. A. LINCOLN