Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Rev. Hy. Slicer Washington,
Dear Sir: June 1. 1848

Your letter of the 30th. ult. was received last night. I very cheerfully comply with your request, so far as I am able.

As I remember, the House ordered the raising of two committees, one, of Arrangements, number indefinite, the other, thirty in number, to attend the remains of Mr. Adams [2] to Massachusetts. By some mistake, as I understood, a committee of thirty was appointedPage  475 by the Speaker, as a committee of Arrangements, of which I was a member. At our first meeting, the mistake was discovered, and the committee being much too numerous for convenience, we delegated our authority to a sub-committee, of a smaller number of our own body, of which sub-committee, I was not a member. Whatever was done in the matter about which you enquire, I presume was done by this sub-committee; at all events I have no knowledge of it whatever. Mr. Hudson [3] was Chairman of both the general, and the sub-committee, and who were the other members, of the latter I do not certainly recollect.

To your first special interrogatory, towit ``Were you consulted in regard to my exclusion from the services?'' I answer, I was not---perhaps because the arrangement I have stated excluded me from consultation on all points.

To the second to wit: ``Was objection made to me---and if so, on what ground was it placed?'' I answer I know nothing whatever on the point.

To the third, to wit ``Did my exclusion meet with your consent or approval?'' I answer, I knew nothing of the matter, and, of course, did not consent to, or approve of it; and I may add, that I knew nothing which should have justified me in any attempt to put a mark of disapprobation upon you.

So entirely ignorant was I, in relation to your having been excluded from the funeral services of Mr. Adams, that, until I received your letter, I should have given it as my recollection, that you did actually participate in those services. Yours respectfully