561. James C. Conkling to Jesse W. Weik.
Springfield, Ill., Jany 11 1889
I now enclose you a copy of the letter dated August 26 1863 by Mr Lincoln to me.
I have no copy of the invitation extended to Mr Lincoln to attend the mass meeting
I will remark that Mr Bancroft, the historian in commenting on this letter, considers it addressed to me as one who was criticizing Mr Lincoln's policy. On the contrary, I was directed by a meeting of unconditional Union men, to invite Mr Lincoln to attend a mass meeting composed of such men, and he only took occasion to address his opponents through the medium of this letter
James C. Conkling
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 4683