Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  105

To John A. Logan [1]

Executive Mansion
Major Genl. John A. Logan Washington,
Carbondale, Ills. Nov. 12. 1864

Yours of to-day just received. Some days ago I forwarded to the care of Mr. Washburne, a leave for you to visit Washington, subject only to be countermanded by General Sherman. This qualification I thought was a necessary prudence for all concerned. Subject to it, you may remain at home thirty days, or come here, at your own option. If, in view of maintaining your good relations with Gen. Sherman, and of probable movements of his army, you can safely come here, I shall be very glad to see you.



[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 236. General Logan, who had been making campaign speeches in Illinois, telegraphed LINCOLN on November 12: ``I am suffering very much with inflammation in the throat & not able to do duty at present will start to my command as soon as able Can I be permitted to remain a few days for rest & improvement of health before starting'' (DLC-RTL). Elihu B. Washburne had telegraphed LINCOLN on October 27: ``Genl. Jack Logan sends word to me that he wants to go to Washington after the election to see you about certain matters that he does not wish to write about. He wishes me to obtain the permission, which I know you will most gladly grant. Please send to me such permission and I will see it reaches him. . . .'' (Ibid.).