Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
September 13, 1864

Mr. Lincoln made a brief response, to the effect that he was not prepared to acknowledge the honor done him in a set speech. We had heard the right sort of speeches from Vermont and Maine lately, and previously from Mobile and Atlanta, and he was much in favor of hearing more of the same sort from the South.

He then thanked the assemblage and bade them farewell, upon which they took up the line of march for Mr. Seward's residence.