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Monday, November 21, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

Lincoln writes famous letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby. [Although original manuscript is generally believed to be lost, an authentic text appeared in Boston "Transcript," November 25, 1864.] Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, 21 November 1864, CW, 8:116-17.

Interviews Cyrus M. Allen of Vincennes, Ind., who speaks for appointment of Joseph G. Bowman, colleague of Lincoln in Illinois Legislature in 1839, as assessor of internal revenue. Abraham Lincoln to William P. Fessenden, 21 November 1864, CW, 8:117.

Lincoln writes to 104-year-old John Phillips, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. In his lifetime, Phillips voted in many presidential elections, and he recently cast a vote for Lincoln's re-election. Lincoln thanks Phillips "for the compliment paid me by the suffrage of a citizen so venerable." Lincoln notes Phillips's "devotion to civic duties," and adds, "It is not for myself only, but for the country which you have in your sphere served so long and so well, that I thank you." F. W. Emmons to Abraham Lincoln, 9 November 1864, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Abraham Lincoln to John Phillips, 21 November 1864, CW, 8:118; Evening Star (Washington, DC), 9 December 1864, 1:6; New York Daily Tribune, 9 December 1864, 4:6; Harper's Weekly, 10 December 1864, 797.

[John Nicolay not seriously ill, expects to be out in few days. Washington Star, 21 November 1864.]

Writes former Cong. Augustus R. Wright (Ga.): "Admitting that your cotton was destroyed by the Federal Army, I do not suppose any-thing could be done for you now. Congress has appropriated no money for that class of claims, and will not, I expect, while the active war lasts." Abraham Lincoln to Augustus R. Wright, 21 November 1864, CW, 8:119-20.