Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  388

To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Head Quarters Armies of the United States,
Lieut. Genl. Grant City-Point,
In the Field. April. 6. 12. M. 1865

Secretary Seward was thrown from his carriage yesterday and seriously injured. This, with other matters, will take me to Washington soon. I was at Richmond yesterday and the day before, when and where Judge Campbell (who was with Messrs. Hunter and Stephens in February) called on me and made such representations as induced me to put in his hands an informal paper, repeating the propositions in my letter of instructions to Mr. Seward (which you remember) and adding that if the war be now further persisted in by the rebels, confiscated property shall, at the least, bear the additional cost; and that confiscations shall be remitted to the people of any State which will now promptly, and in good faith, withdraw its troops and other support, from resistance to the government. Judge Campbell thought it not impossible that the rebel Legislature of Virginia would do the latter, if permitted; and accordingly, I addressed a private letter to Gen. Weitzel (with permission for Judge Campbell to see it) telling him, Gen. W. that if they attempt this, to permit and protect them, unless they attempt something hostile to the United States, in which case to give them notice and time to leave, and to arrest any remaining after such time.

I do not think it very probable that anything will come of this; but I have thought best to notify you, so that if you should see signs, you may understand them. From your recent despatches it seems that you are pretty effectually withdrawing the Virginia troops from opposition to the government. Nothing I have done, or probably shall do, is to delay, hinder, or interfere with you in your work. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia and New York. Stanton telegraphed Lincoln on April 5 at 6 P.M.: ``About two hours ago Mr Seward was thrown from his carriage his shoulder bone at the head of the joint broken off. his head and face much bruised and he is in my opinion dangerously injured. I think your presence here is needed. Mrs Lincoln with a party of friends left here this morning . . . for City Point. Please let me know when you may be expected'' (DLC-RTL).

On April 6, Stanton sent Lincoln further reports, and to Mrs. Lincoln en route to City Point, the following: ``Mr Seward although severely injured is not in danger. I telegraphed the Prest. last night that you were on the road and also that the Surgeon Genl saw no reason for alarm. There can be no objection to the President remaining at City Point until your arrival there and I have so telegraphed him'' (ibid.).

Page  389Mrs. Lincoln endorsed the telegram in pencil, presumably to forward it to Lincoln: ``We will be ready to leave tomorrow eve 6 o'clock do wait & return with us. M.L.''