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

To Benjamin F. Butler [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Major General Butler War Department,
Fort-Monroe, Va Washington, D.C., Dec. 28. 1864.

I think you will find that the Provost-Marshal on the Eastern Shore has, as by your authority, issued an order, not for a meeting, but for an election. The order printed in due form was shown to me, but as I did not retain it I can not give you a copy. If the people on their own motion wish to hold a peaceful meeting I suppose you need not to hinder them. A LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 271. See note to Lincoln's communication to Butler on December 21, supra. Colonel Frank J. White wrote Butler on December 30 from Eastville, Virginia: ``In obedience to your telegram, received this morning, I have the honor to enclose the only order issued by me concerning an election upon this shore. This order was issued by me in obedience to what I supposed to be your instructions. . . .'' ( Private and Official Correspondence of General Benjamin F. Butler, V, 444). The order has not been found.