Missouri Affairs Concern President Lincoln

November 10, 1863

Regarding continuing military/political problems in Missouri, President Lincoln writes General John Schofield, Union commander of Missouri: “I see a despatch here from St. Louis which is a little difficult for me to understand.  It says ‘Gen. Schofield has refused leave of absence to members in Military service to attend the Legislature.  All such are radical and Administration men.  The election of two Senators from this place on Thursday will probably turn upon this thing”

What does this mean?  Of course members of the Legislature must be allowed to attend it’s sessions.  But how is there a session before the recent election returns are in?  And how is it to be at ‘this place’–that is–St Louis?  Please inform me.

President Lincoln issues an order regarding tobacco exports owned by foreign governments: “In consideration of peculiar circumstances, and pursuant to the comity deemed to be due to friendly Powers, any tobacco in the United States, belonging to the Government either of France, Austria, or any other State with which this country is at peace, and which tobacco was purchased and paid for by such Government prior to the 4th day of March, 1861, may be exported from any port of the United States, under the supervision and upon the responsibility of naval officers of such Governments, and in conformity to such regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of State of the United States, and not otherwise.”

Lincoln’s accessibility is reflected in a note he sent to an Indiana man who abruptly asked for an appointment in November 1863: “I can-not comprehend the object of your despatch. I do not often decline seeing people who call upon me; and probably will see you if you call.”

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