Calling his Cabinet together on September 22, the President read from a book which Artemus Ward had sent to him the story entitled, High-Handed Outrage at Utica: In the Faul of 1856, I showed my show in Utiky, a trooly grate sitty in the State of New York.
1 day as I was givin a descripshun of my Beests and Snaiks in my usual flowry stile what was my skorn & disgust to see a big burly feller walk up to the cage containin my wax figgers of the Lords Last Supper, and cease Judas Iscarrot by the feet and drag him out on the ground. He then commenced fur to pound him as hard as he cood.
Sez he, Thats all very well fur you to say, but I tell you, old man, that Judas Iscarrot cant show hisself in Utiky with impunerty by a darn site! with which observashun he kaved in Judassis hed. The young man belonged to 1 of the first famerlies in Utiky. I sood him, and the Joory brawt in a verdick of Arson in the 3d degree.
Lincoln thought the story very funny and greatly enjoyed the reading of it, while the members of the Cabinet except Stanton laughed with him. Then he fell into a grave tone and told of the working of his thoughts since the meeting of July 22. The rebel army is now driven out of Maryland, he said, and I am going to fulfil the promise