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

Annotation

[1]   ADfS, DLC-RTL; LS, DLC. The correspondence between General Edward R. S. Canby and Hurlbut may be found in OR, I, XLI, IV, 412-13. In reply toPage  108

Hurlbut's question ``to what extent am I compelled . . . to recognize the acts and proceedings of the State of Louisiana in its several branches. . . .'' Canby replied on October 29, ``It is scarcely necessary for me to say that until the President . . . revokes his proclamation of December 8, 1863, or until Congress has acted definitely upon the subject, all attempts at civil government, within the territory declared to be in insurrection, are the creation of military power, and, of course, subject to military revision and control. . . .''

On November 29, Hurlbut replied to LINCOLN's letter:

``I am this day in receipt of your letter of November 14th. I confess myself much surprised at the tenor and spirit of its contents and am well assured that correct information has not been furnished you of the position either of Genl Canby or myself.

``I recognize as thoroughly as any man the advance toward the right made by the adoption of the Free Constitution of Louisiana, and have done and shall do all in my power to vindicate its declaration of freedom, and to protect and prepare the emancipated Bondsmen for their new status & condition. The fact has been withheld from you, Mr President, but it still exists that nothing has been done for this purpose since the adoption of the Constitution---except by military authority. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).

For Canby's reply to LINCOLN's letter to Hurlbut, see the note to LINCOLN's letter to Canby, December 12, infra.

[2]   Thomas P. May, the radical editor of the New Orleans Times, had been arrested for publishing a description of the convention in which delegates were described as being drunk.