ALS, RPB, ADfS, DLC-RTL. On January 2, 1865, Chase wrote Lincoln: ``The death of my only surviving sister prevented me from joining personally in the congratulations of this morning. But let me assure you that no one more earnestly wishes every blessing of the New Year to you and yours. . . .'' (DLC-RTL). Chase referred to the customary call of government officers to pay their New Year's respect.
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