Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
His Excellency Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Governor Bramlette War Department,
Frankfort, Ky. Washington, D.C., Feb. 5 1865

Your despatch received. Will send official copy of Constitutional amendment by mail to-morrow, this being Sunday. Precedents justify the Legislature to act on ex-officio notice, of congress having passed the proposed amendment; nevertheless I will send you the authenticated copy. A. LINCOLN