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

To John R. Cannon [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
J. R. Cannon War Department,
New-Albany, Ia. Washington, D.C., Sept 28th. 1864.

It will be impossible for me to attend your ratification meeting.

Thank you for the invitation A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 186. ``Sept 28th.'' in the date line is in Nicolay's handwriting. John R. Cannon telegraphed from New Albany, Indiana, on September 27, 1864: ``We have announced your expected presence here at our grand ratification meeting on saturday next can you come answer by telegraph at length if you please'' (DLC-RTL).