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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), chapter 77 (search)
Doc. 75.-re-admission of Louisiana. Letter from President Lincoln. Executive mansion, Washington, June 19, 1863. Messrs. E. E. Mathiot, Bradish Johnston, and Thomas Cottman: gentlemen: Your letter, which follows, has been received and considered: To his Excellency Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States: The undersigned, a committee appointed by the planters of the State of Louisiana, respectfully represent that they have been delegated to seek of the General Government
with the Constitution.
and laws of the State, on the first Monday of November next, for all State and Federal officers.
With high consideration and respect, we have the honor to subscribe ourselves your obedient servants, E. E. Mathiot, Bradish Johnston, Thomas Cottman.
Since receiving the letter reliable information has reached me that a respectable portion of the Louisiana people desire to amend their State Constitution, and contemplate holding a Convention for that object.