November 15, 1864 (3)
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Office U.S. Military Telegraph
Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 1864
W. H. Purnell
I shall be happy to re
ceive the committee(?) on Thursday morning (17th)
as you propose.
This analysis makes use of a heuristic for historical thinking know as SCIM-C developed by David Hicks, Peter Doolittle and Tom Ewing. For more about this historical thinking heuristic please see http://www.historicalinquiry.com
Summary of the telegram
This is a telegram from President Lincoln to W. H. Purnell who was the postmaster of Baltimore during the time. This was a telegram by Lincoln who was acknowledging that he would see a committee on in two days.
The Context for this telegram
With Purnell being the postmaster of Baltimore and the election of 1864 taking place a week prior Lincoln could have wanted to see election results coming from this committee that he was receiving. In future telegrams the same day Lincoln sends out an inquest to governors in all the northern states to understand the election results within their particular state. This committee meeting could have been about this subject or it could have been about a military subject but with election results getting closer in telegrams around the election Lincoln became more concerned about votes than military strategy.
Inferences about the telegram
The way Lincoln handles this matter seems to imply that this is a business as usual move and he does not have any strong feelings about this committee he is about to meet. This is likely a meeting about the results or how to get the results of the 1864 election as future telegrams present but there is no way of telling without knowing what the committee is called and why they are being called.