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

To Thomas E. Bramlette [1]

His Excellency Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Governor Bramlette War Department,
Frankfort, Ky. Washington, D.C., Feb. 5 1865

Your despatch received. Will send official copy of Constitutional amendment by mail to-morrow, this being Sunday. Precedents justify the Legislature to act on ex-officio notice, of congress having passed the proposed amendment; nevertheless I will send you the authenticated copy. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 324. Governor Bramlette's telegram has not been found. Secretary Seward wrote Lincoln on February 5: ``A certified copy of Constitutional Amendment was sent (as I had directed) to every Governor of every state on Wednesday last---Bramlette included. He will be so advised by telegraph to day.'' (DLC-RTL).