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General David Hunter's Emancipation Proclamation
May 16, 1862

Library of Congress
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New York

16 May '62

My Dear Sir

Genl. Hunters proclamation, declaring all the slaves in Georgia, Florida & S. Carolina free, I have just seen. For
Heavens sake, at once, repudiate it, & recall the officer. The reason he assigns to it is as absurd, as the inexpediancy,
is glaring. Unless promptly corrected, it will serve the rebels, nicer than a dozen victories Devoted, as I hope you know,
to the Union, I look on the policy thus inaugurated, if to be followed, as fatal to all our hopes. As far as I am able to
collect opinion here, there is but one sentiment -- disapprobation -- & all, are looking with confident hope, to your
arresting the treason at once--

A line from you, in confidence, to me at Albany, where I shall be all of next week, would be most thankfully recd --

Sincerely yr

Friend

Reverdy Johnson
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