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

To Henry J. Raymond [1]

October 7, 1864

I well remember the meetings herein narrated. See nothing for me to object to in the narrative as being made by General McDoWell, except the phrase attributed to me ``of the Jacobinism of Congress,'' which phrase I do not remember using literally or in substance, and which I wish not to be published in any event.

October 7, 1864. A. LINCOLN.

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Annotation

[1]   Henry J. Raymond, The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln (1865), p. 772. According to the source, Lincoln wrote this endorsement on a memorandum prepared by General Irvin McDowell of an interview with Lincoln on January 10, 1862. McDowell's lengthy memorandum may be consulted in the source. The passage to which Lincoln alludes is as follows: ``The President was greatly disturbed at the state of affairs. Spoke of the exhausted condition of the Treasury; of the loss of public credit; of the Jacobinism in Congress; of the delicate condition of our foreign relations; of the bad news he had received from the West, particularly as contained in a letter from General Halleck on the state of affairs in Missouri; of the want of co-operation between General Halleck and General Buell; but, more than all, the sickness of General McClellan.'' (Ibid., p. 773).