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[16] Acting Governor Pinchback, New Orleans.

Department of Justice: Dec. 12, 1872.
Let it be understood that you are recognized as the lawful Executive of Louisiana, and that the body assembled at the Mechanics' Institute is the lawful Legislature of the State; and it is suggested that you make proclamation to that effect, and also that all necessary assistance will be given to you and the Legislature herein recognized to protect the State from disorder and violence.


On this authority from the Cabinet, Governor Warmoth was deposed and Pinchback was intailed in office by the Federal officers. Yet Pinch was not at ease; nor could he feel at ease, so long as Governor Warmoth stayed in New Orleans. This gentleman might meet him in the street, and thrash him. Pinch was not desirous of a thrashing, and having Federal judges, as well as Federal generals at his back, he tried what law could do to rid him of his terrible enemy.

A second Federal judge, named Elmore, came to New Orleans, and Pinch appeared in

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