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

To Anson G. Henry [1]

November 9, 1864

With returns and States of which we are confident, the re-election of the President is considered certain, while it is not certain that McClellan has carried any State, though the chances are that he has carried New Jersey and Kentucky.


[1]   Noah Brooks, ``Lincoln's Re-election,'' The Century Magazine, XLIX (April, 1895), 866. According to Brooks, ``Dr. A. G. Henry . . . had been promised that he should receive a despatch from Mr. Lincoln when the result of the presidential election . . . should be definitely ascertained. Accordingly, on . . . November 9, President Lincoln dictated a despatch, the terms of which were as follows [text as above]. When I had written the despatch at the President's dictation, I passed it to him for his signature; but he declined to `blow his own horn,' as he expressed it, and said: `You sign the message, and I will send it.'''