To Salmon P. Chase 
My dear Sir: Washington, Jan. 2. 1865.
Without your note of to-day, I should have felt assured that some sufficient reason had detained you. Allow me to condole with you in the sad bereavement you mention Yours truly A. LINCOLN
 ALS, RPB, ADfS, DLC-RTL. On January 2, 1865, Chase wrote Lincoln: ``The death of my only surviving sister prevented me from joining personally in the congratulations of this morning. But let me assure you that no one more earnestly wishes every blessing of the New Year to you and yours. . . .'' (DLC-RTL). Chase referred to the customary call of government officers to pay their New Year's respect.