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

To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Lieut. Gen. Grant Executive Mansion
City Point, Va. Washington, Feb. 8. 1865

I am called on by the House of Representatives to give an account of my interview with Messrs. Stephens, Hunter & Campbell; and it is very desireable to me to put in your despatch of Feb. 1st. to the Sec. of War, in which among other things you say ``I fear now their going back without any expression from any one in authority will have a bad influence'' I think the despatch does you credit while I do not see that it can embarrass you. May I use it?

A LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 331. Grant replied on the same day:Page  270

``By all means use my dispatch, referred to in yours of this date, if you desire to do so.

``It was marked `confidential' in contra distinction to official dispatches but not to prevent such use being made of it as you or the Secretary of War might think proper.'' (DLC-RTL).

Grant's telegram to Stanton of February 1 will be found in Lincoln's communication to the House of Representatives, February 10, infra.