[If not re-elected in 1864] then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. memorandum concerning his probable failure of re-election, Aug. 23, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 514, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).