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

To James G. Blaine [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Hon. J. G. Blaine War Department,
Augusta, Maine Washington, D.C., Sep. 13. 1864.

On behalf of the Union, thanks to Maine. Thanks to you personally for sending the news. A LINCOLN

Page  3Send same to L. B. Smith and M. A. Blanchard, Portland, Maine.

A.L.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 164. James G. Blaine, chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, sent two telegrams on September 12. The first was received at 8:40 P.M.: ``The State Election today has resulted in a great victory for the Union Cause Governor Cony re-elected by a large majority with the entire Cong ticket'' (DLC-RTL). The second was received at 11 P.M.: ``The Union majority in Maine will reach 20,000 We will give you thirty thousand (30,000) in November'' (ibid.).

A telegram from Lewis B. Smith, chairman of the Union Committee of Cumberland County and M. A. Blanchard, secretary of the Union District Committee of Cumberland County, was received at 12 P.M.: ``The First Congressional District of Maine endorses your administration. . . . The Star of the East fights it out on this line'' (ibid.).