My dear Sir: Washington, Nov. 9, 1864.
I have received your letter of the 5th November, and beg to express my regret that it will not be possible to avail myself of your courteous invitation.
Praying that you will present to your distinguished guest the assurance of my high regard, I am, very truly, Your obedient servant, A. LINCOLN.
Charles Butler, Esq.,
13 East 14th St., N.Y.