To John Pope 
St. Louis, Mo. Washington, Feb. 14. 1865
Yours of yesterday about Provost-Marshal system, received. As part of the same subject let me say I am now pressed in regard to a pending assessment in St. Louis County. Please examine & satisfy yourself whether this assessment should proceed or be abandoned, and if you decide that it is to proceed, please examine as to the propriety of its application to a gentleman by the name of Charles McLaran. A. LINCOLNPage 298
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 342. See Lincoln to Pope, February 12, supra. On February 24, General Grenville M. Dodge, in command of the Division of the Missouri, reported to Pope's adjutant, Captain Joseph M. Bell: ``I have the honor to report in relation to the assessment in Saint Louis that when I assumed command here I found a large number of refugees being supported here by the Government. Houses over the city for their occupation had been seized and rents accumulating that the Government would have to pay. . . . General Halleck . . . instructed that where the local authorities would not protect and support . . . refugees the disloyal should be assessed to do it. . . . The Sanitary Commission proposed to take charge . . . provided I would fix up the old Lawson Hospital. . . . This was done at a cost of about $10,000. . . . This assessment of $10,000 was made to reimburse the quarter-master's department . . . and if stopped will bring the whole matter back on Government. . . . The assessment on Colonel McLaran I considered too much, and have ordered it reduced $1,500. He was colonel of the Minute Men when the war commenced. . . .'' (OR, I, XLVIII, I, 966).
Pope telegraphed his reply to Lincoln on February 25: ``Have examined into the assessment as directed in your telegram of 14th instant. It was ordered by General Dodge before I took command. Full report of the facts sent by mail.'' (Ibid., p. 978).
See further Lincoln to Pope, March 7, infra.