[Name of recipient:] President Lincoln.
Washington 20 Nov. 1863.
My dear Sir:
Not wishing to intrude upon your privacy, when
you must be much engaged, I beg leave in this way to
thank you very sincerely, for your great thoughtfulness for
my daughter's accommodation on the platform yesterday &
much kindness otherwise to me & mine at Gettysburg.
Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts
expressed by you, with such eloquent sensibility & appropriateness,
at the consecration of the Cemetery. I should be glad, if
I could flatter myself, that I came as near to the central
idea of the occasion in two hours, as you did in two
minutes. My son, who parted from me at Baltimore
& my daughter concur in this sentiment.
I hope your anxiety for your child was relieved on your arrival