Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Stephen G. Burbridge [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Major General Burbridge War Department,
Lexington, Ky. Washington, D.C., Nov. 10. 1864.

I have just received a telegram from Gov. Bramlette saying ``Genl. Jno. B. Houston, a loyal man and prominent citizen was arrested and yesterday started off by Gen. Burbridge to be sent beyond our lines by way of Catlettsburg for no other offence than opposition to your re-election'' and I have answered him as follows below, of which please take notice and report to me.



[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 232. See Lincoln to Bramlette, supra. Burbridge replied on November 11: ``Gov Bramlette is wrong in saying that Jno B Huston was arrested for no other offence than opposition to your reelection. Hustons influence & speeches have been of a treasonable character & he persisted in making the latter after several warnings of what the consequences would be He has been allowed however to return from Covington under oath & bond not again to oppose his Govt. A vigorous policy against rebel sympathizers in this State must be pursued & if I have erred I fear I have made too few arrests instead of too many'' (DLC-RTL).