To John Pope 
St. Louis, Mo. Washington, March 7, 1865.
Please state briefly by telegraph what you concluded about the assessments in St. Louis county. Early in the war one Samuel B. Churchill was sent from St. Louis to Louisville, where I have quite satisfactory evidence that he has not misbehaved. Still, I am told his property at St. Louis is subjected to this assessment, which I think it ought not to be. Still, I wish to know what you think.
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 363. See Lincoln to Pope, February 14, supra. Pope replied on March 8: ``I wrote fully concerning assessment to the Secy of War on the twenty sixth 26 Feby. I submitted the question to War Dept, as the authority for assessment originated in WashingtonPage 343
& the order was made before I came here there are strong reasons given for making it given me by Genl Dodge which are communicated in my letter. . . . that letter must be in War Dept and I respectfully invite your attention to it.'' (DLC-RTL). Pope's letter of February 26 has not been found.