Washington, Oct. 10, 1864.
MY DEAR NICOLAY:
How are your mails for this morning. We are very busy. . . .
Pennsylvania fellows are very confident. You will know the result before this gets here.
Kelly was here this morning. He seemed to be in a great hurry, as he only staid two hours and a half, and didn't talk about himself more than nine-tenths of the time.
No fun — no Christmas! Thank God you are not here. We are dreary enough. The weather is nasty.
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 233; Michael Burlingame, Editor, At Lincoln’s Side: John Hay’s Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings, p. 96-7