To George G. Meade

                                                               Executive Mansion, Washington,
My dear General Meade               August 11, 1863.

Yesterday week I made known to Gen. Hooker our brief correspondence in regard to him. He seemed gratified with the kind spirit manifested by both of us; but said he was busy preparing a report, and would consider.

Yesterday he called again and said he would accept the offer if it was still open; would go at once if you desire; but would prefer waiting till the first of September, unless there was to be a battle, or you desired him to come sooner. I told him I would write you. Please answer. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN

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