Note to Salmon Chase
NOVEMBER 17, 1863
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON
HON. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
MY DEAR SIR:
I expected to see you here at Cabinet meeting, and to say something about going to Gettysburg. There will be a train to take and return us. The time for starting is not yet fixed; but when it shall be, I will notify you.
Our sick boy, for whom you kindly inquire, we hope is past the worst.
Note that Salmon Chase did not go to Gettysburg.
see also: Lincoln's note to Salmon Chase, Lincoln's letter to Edward Everett
source: Basler, Roy P. (editor). The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, volume VII, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953, p. 15.
...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863