April 28, 1864, Lincoln to Mrs. Lincoln

April 28, 1864, Lincoln to Mrs. Lincoln

Lincoln used the telegraph to communicate with his family, especially his wife, who traveled frequently. During the spring of 1864, while she and their son Tad were in New York, she sent a telegram to the president that perfunctorily inquired as to how he was, asked for $50 to be sent immediately, and in an afterthought added Tad's inquiry about his pet goats. Lincoln showed his sense of humor, as well as the pressure he was under, by responding that the check was on the way and she should tell Tad, "the goats and father are well—especially the goats."