St. Louis, Mo. Washington, Feb. 12, 1865.
I understand that Provost-Marshals in different parts of Missouri are assuming to decide that the conditions of bonds are forfeited,Page 293 and thereupon are seizing and selling property to pay damages. This, if true, is both outrageous and ridiculous. Do not allow it. The courts and not Provost-Marshals, are to decide such questions, only when military necessity makes an exception. Also excuse John Ecton of Clay Co. & Wesley Martin of Platte from being sent South & let them go East, if anywhere.