Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To William H. Seward [1]

Hon. Sec. of State Executive Mansion July 3. 1861

My dear Sir Gen. Scott had sent me a copy of the despatch, of which you kindly sent one. [2] Thanks to both him and you.

Please assemble the Cabinet at 12 to-day, to look over the Message, and reports.

Page  420And now, suppose you step over at once, and let us see Gen. Scott, Gen. Cameron, about assigning a position to Gen. Fremont? [3]

Yours as ever A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, NAuE.

[2]   The dispatch was probably that of July 2, from Major General Robert Patterson at Black River, near Martinsburg, announcing that he had routed 10,000 rebels with the loss of three killed and ten wounded.

[3]   General Orders No. 40, July 3, created the Western Department including Illinois and all west of the Mississippi, with Fremont in command.

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