Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Executive Mansion March 6. 1865

Whereas, Lion Silverman and Frank Silverman claim to own or control Products of the insurrectionary states on and near White River in Arkansas and the Yazoo River in Mississippi, which they propose to sell and deliver to Agents authorised to purchase the same for the United States under the Act of Congress of July 2, 1864 and the Regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury;

It is ordered, that all such Products which a Purchasing Agent of the Government has agreed to purchase and the said Lion and Frank Silverman have stipulated to deliver as shown by the certificate of the Purchasing Agent authorised by Regulation VIII. (Form No. 1. appended to Regulations) attached hereto by such agent, and being transported or in store awaiting transportation for fulfillment of said stipulations and in pursuance of the Regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury shall be free from seizure detention or forfeiture to the United States; and officers of the

Page  336Army and Navy and Civil officers of the Government, will observe this order, and will give the said Lion and Frank Silverman their agents and means of transportation and said Products free and unmolested passage through the lines, other than blockaded lines, and safe conduct within the lines, while going for or returning with said Products, or while said Products are in store awaiting transportation for the purposes aforesaid.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN