alllay stretched, all around and when agony and pain have discouraged them, if they can but see that starry banner once again more, it brings their spirits up, and makes them wish they were able to get up and fight again. give my love to Dear Mother, and tell her if it was not for having sutch a good mother, to think about and cheer me up, I could not be where I am and tell her if I live through this war I shall be sure to come and sea her and if I get killed I expect to meet her in heaven. my love to all my brothers and sisters and direct my letters for Tom Wolfe in Care of L A Buck1
Document: Abraham Lincoln to Samuel C. Pomeroy, May 12, 1864 [Draft]1
1 Senators Pomeroy and James H. Lane had become bitter political rivals in Kansas, and had nominated opposing candidates for the office of assessor of internal revenue in that state. It appears that the candidate nominated by Lane received the position. See Salmon P. Chase to Lincoln, May 11, 1864, and Collected Works, VII, 338n.
Washington May 12, 1864
I did not doubt yesterday that you desired to see me about the appointment of Assessor in Kansas. I wish you and Lane would make a sincere effort to get out of the mood you are in-- I does neither of you any good -- it gives you the means of tormenting my life out of me, and