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

To James G. Bennett [1]

James G. Bennett, Esq. Executive Mansion
Dear Sir: Washington, Feb. 20, 1865

I propose, at some convenient, and not distant day, to nominate you to the United States' Senate, as Minister to France. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN.

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[1]   ADfS, DLC-RTL. See Lincoln to Wakeman, January 26, supra. On February 28, William O. Bartlett wrote Lincoln:

``Mr. J.G.B. informed me this morning that he would give me his answer Monday next. . . .

``I propose to leave for Washington with it, the same evening, and to call on you Tuesday morning. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).

On March 6, James Gordon Bennett replied:

``I have received your kind note in which you propose to appoint me Minister Plenipotentiary to . . . France. I trust that I estimate, at its full value, the high consideration which the President . . . entertains and expresses for me by proposing so distinguished an honor. Accept my sincere thanks for that honor. I am sorry however to say that at my age I am afraid of assuming the labors and responsibilities of such an important position. Besides, in the present relations of France and the United States, I am of the decided opinion that I can be of more service to the country in the present position I occupy.

``Which, therefore, entertaining the highest consideration for the offer you have made, permit me most respectfully to decline the service for the reasons assigned. . . .'' (Ibid.).

See further, Lincoln to Bartlett, March 9, infra.