[1]   Df, DLC-Nicolay Papers. The draft is in John Hay's handwriting on Executive Mansion stationery. The letter was printed in the Washington Daily Morning Chronicle on January 31, 1865, with the following note: ``On the passage of the act of emancipation, an elegantly bound volume was sent to President Lincoln by the colored people of Louisiana in commemoration of the event. The following letter of the President, after receiving the gift, was read by Thomas J. Durant, Esq. on Wednesday [January 25], before a large assemblage of ladies, gentlemen, and colored people.''


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