Most of us are familiar with the pessimistic “blind memo” Abraham Lincoln wrote on August 23, 1864, predicting his own defeat in the forthcoming election. I was searching online through the Library of Congress archives today and happened to come across a digital copy of Lincoln’s handwritten memo. It’s an extraordinary document, and I thought it would be neat to share. A transcription follows the JPG.
Washington, Aug 23, 1864.
This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.
[Endorsed on Reverse:]
William H Seward
W. P. Fessenden
Edwin M Stanton
J. P. Usher
A high-res version of the document can be found here at the Library of Congress.