Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Executive Mansion
January 11, 1865.

An authorized agent of the Treasury Department having with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, contracted for the cotton above mentioned and the party having agreed to sell and deliverer [sic] the same to such agent.

It is ordered that the Cotton moving in compliance with and for fulfilment of said contract and being transported to said agent, or under his direction, shall be free from seizure or detention by any officer of the Government and commanders of military departments,Page  210 districts posts and detachments, naval stations gunboats flotillas and fleets will observe this order and give the said Henry J. Eager his agents and transports free and unmolested passage for the purpose of getting the said cotton or any part thereof through the lines other than blockaded lines, and safe conduct within our lines while the same is moving in strict compliance with the regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury and for fulfilment of said contract with the agent of the Government.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN