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Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) to Mrs. Judge White

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06681 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 November 1864 Pagination: 3 p. : envelope ; 15.5 x x 10 cm

Summary of Content: Discusses some confusion over Nathaniel Banks getting a cabinet post. States that President Lincoln said William Seward and Thurlow Weed never mentioned the subject. She remarks, "This all appears, as a strange dream, and if the information did not come from so eminently truthful a source, it could not be credited." Reports that Banks is to return immediately to the Department of the Gulf in New Orleans and that there is no chance of him getting a cabinet post. Remarks that they could have saved themselves much anxiety had they known this a few days ago. Written on mourning stationery for her son William Lincoln who died in 1862. Year inferred from events, could possibly be 1863.

Background Information: Banks was a Union general with a disappointing military record during the Civil War. Seward was the Secretary of State under Lincoln. Weed was a close friend of Seward, advised ...Lincoln on political appointments, and served as an unofficial envoy to Britain and France during the Civil War.See More

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
White, Mrs. Judge, fl. 1864
Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Weed, Thurlow, 1797-1882
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarUnion ForcesFirst LadyGovernment and CivicsLincoln's CabinetUnion GeneralWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyDeath

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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