Box 04-002a TO MRS. BIXBY from President Abraham Lincoln [Copy]
Nov 21 1864
To: Mrs. Bixby Boston Massachusetts
From: Executive Mansion Washington
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusettes that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Repulic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavment, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrafice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully
A.LincolnThe Celebrated "Bixby Letter." Facsimile of the Original Manuscript on Exhibition at Huber's Museum in New York City. A letter of Condolence Written by Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby, of Boston, Mass., November 21, 1864
1 For more information on President Lincoln please see letter from Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten to his brother Isaac announcing the assassination of Lincoln: W-MCP4-6.064; and notes in his diary about politics and the election of Lincoln: Box 15-001c