Mr. Lincoln Gets Sarcastic

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J.J.S. Wilson Springfield Ill Washn DC Sept 13th 1863
For Hon J.K. Dubois
and Hon O.M. Hatch period
What nation do you desire Genl
Allen to be made Quarter master
General of This nation already has
a quarter master general signed A
Lincoln Prest U.S. good joke

If you thought that conveying sarcasm through a text message is hard, imagine having to do it over the telegraph! Abraham Lincoln managed to do it, however, in his telegram to two Illinois politicians, Jesse K. Dubois and Ozias M. Hatch. And just in case we missed it, the operator kindly points out that this was a “good joke” in his telegram tail.

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