Grace Greenwood to Richard Yates


Grace Greenwood to Richard Yates


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Philadelphia April 29th 1864

Dear Gov. Yates,

I received a week since your message through Mrs. Yates and Mrs. Woodworth. Though it was too late for me to avail myself your kindness, I should have written to you at once but for a sudden and severe illness. You have perhaps heard that I did return in Washington - and how unfortunate the time proved to be coming in the midst of the [Long?] Excitement. The affair was being badly managed and caused so me so much worriment

vexation and general disquietude as to give me a serious fit of illness. If I ever see you I will tell you just how it was. It is too long a story to write. I suspect that several who signed the call did not know - were not informed of its object. I know that it was the case with one of my oldest and best friends in the House - one whose influence alone could have secured a perfect success - but he knew nothing about the affair till the evening of the lecture. Yet his name was affixed to the invitation. When I found that things were not going well, I wished

of him for your influence. Nobody asked the President to be present - and he wasn't. He would have liked the portion of the lecture referring to him, I am sure.

It would have been better could the lecture have been given later - but it seemed imported that it should be given there before it was given here in the Academy of Music - in aid of our First Sanitary Fair. Both lectures I gave away the one in this city was a success.

I hope you and yours are well. Love to Mrs. Yates and Katy -


Anna Dickinson is out flat-footed against Lincoln - say the Boston "Post" & "Courier" - She scolded about the administration here.

The heartiest applause I received at the Academy of Music was for the passages in favor of Mr. Lincoln - sincere tributes to his honest upright purpose. It seems to me he is the strongest man - in the hearts of the people, we have. But if Anna Dickinson is the mouth-piece of the Radicals they are determined to [illegible] If we are done for.

Grace Greenwood

Philada. April 29th 64

Received Gov Message from Mrs. Yates - Has been very ill - Did lecture in Washington &c &c good friendly letter.



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