Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 6.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Henry T. Blow [1]

War Department, Washington, July 13, 1863.

Hon. H. T. Blow, St. Louis, Mo.: I saw your dispatch to the Secretary of War. The publication of a letter without the leave of the writer or the receiver I think cannot be justified, but in this case I do not think it of sufficient consequence to justify an arrest; and again, the arrest being, through a parole, merely nominal, does not deserve the importance sought to be attached to it. Cannot this small matter be dropped on both sides without further difficulty?

A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   OR, I, XXII, II, 366. On July 13 Henry T. Blow telegraphed his protest against General Schofield's arrest of William McKee, editor of the Missouri Democrat. See Lincoln to Schofield, infra.