Got a letter from Nicolay at Baltimore; answered by mail and telegraph. The President positively refuses to give even a confidential suggestion in regard to Vice-Presidency, Platform or Organization.
Everybody came back from Convention tired but sober. Nicolay says it was a very quiet Convention. Little drinking — little quarrelling — an earnest intention to simply register the expressed will of the people, and go home. They were intolerant of speeches — remorselessly coughed down the crack orators of the party.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 197-8; see Michael Burlingame & John R. Turner Ettlinger, Editors, Inside Lincoln’s White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 200 for the full diary entry.