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Lincoln from Reverdy Johnson
General David Hunter's Emancipation Proclamation
May 16, 1862

Library of Congress

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


Reverdy Johnson
Abraham Lincoln