President Lincoln Address Virginia Problem

September 5, 1863

President Lincoln writes Joseph Segar regarding reports that Virginians are “jubliant” over the President’s recission of penalty for destruction of a government lighthouse : “I have just seen your despatch to the Secretary of War, who is absent. I also send a despatch from Major Hayner of the 3rd. showing that he had notice of my order, and stating that the people were jubilant over it, as a victory over the government extorted by fear, and that he had already collected about four thousand of the money. If he has proceeded since I shall hold him accountable for his contumacy. On the contrary no dollar shall be refunded by my order, until it shall appear that my act in the case has been accepted in the right spirit.”

President Lincoln also writes Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs: “This introduces C. Vanderbilt Jr. son of the Com[m]odore.  He comes with a business proposition to you. Please give him a fair & respectful hearing, and oblige him if consistent with the service.”

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