Wednesday, June 28, 2017

John Hay to John J. Nicolay: October 10, 1864

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Oct. 10, 1864.

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

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