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

Order for Hanson A. Risley [1]

December 27. 1864

I, H A Risley agent for the purchase of products of insurrectionary states on behalf of the Government of the United States at Norfolk Va. do hereby certify that I have agreed to purchase from I. Seymour ten thousand bales of Cotton and one million feet of Lumber, which products it is represented are or will be at points on or near the lines of the United States forces in the State of Florida on or before the first day of May 1865 and which he stipulates shall be delivered to me unless prevented from so doing by the authority of the United States.

I therefore request safe conduct for the said Seymour and his agents and his means of transportation and said products from the points on or near the lines of the United States forces in Florida aforesaid to Fernindena when the products so transported are to be sold and delivered to me under the stipulations referred to above and pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury H A RISLEY

Sup. Spl Agt &

Executive Mansion Dec 27. 1864

An authorised agent of the Treasury Department having with the approval of the secretary of the Treasury contracted for the products above mentioned and the party having agreed to sell and deliver the same to such agent, it is ordered, that products moving in compliance with and for fulfilment of said contract and being transported to such agent or under his direction shall be free fromPage  186 seizure or detention by any officer of the Government: and commandants of military departments, districts, posts and detachments, naval stations, gunboats, flotillas and fleets, will observe this order and give the said Seymour his agents and means of transportation free and unmolested passage for the purpose of getting said products through the lines, other than blockaded lines, and safe conduct within our lines, while the same are moving in compliance with Regulations of the secretary of the Treasury and for fulfilment of said contract with the agent of the Government.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   DS, RPB.