To William O. Bartlett 
Philadelphia War Department, Washington, D.C.,
(Probably at Continental) March 9 1865
It will soon be too late, if you are not here. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 369. Bartlett had telegraphed on March 7, ``Been lying this side the Susquehanna all night. Blocked by ice. Shall reach Washington as soon as possible.'' (DLC-RTL). Bartlett was carrying James Gordon Bennett's letter of March 6 in reply to Lincoln's letter of February 20, supra. The Senate was to adjourn on March 11, and hence Lincoln could not have his nomination of Bennett confirmed if further delayed.