To John Eaton 
You will continue your supervision of Freedmen over the same territory & on the same principles as in the past, making such improvements as experiences may suggest, until legislation shall require some farther change A. LINCOLN
Feb. 10. 1865
 LS-F, Eaton, Grant, Lincoln and the Freedmen, p.230. According to Eaton's account, the dispute in congress over shifting the Freedmen's Bureau from the War Department to the Treasury prompted him to consult the president: ``I asked Mr. Lincoln if he would give me a word over his own signature to strengthen me against the difficulties I felt might still be encountered. To this he agreed . . . and asked me to write out an order which I deemed would be most useful for my purposes. I wrote the following informal order, summarizing the verbal instructions he had already given me. . . .'' (Ibid., p. 231).