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[353] any State which would now promptly recognise the authority of the United States, and withdraw its troops; but that if the war be persisted in, that the confiscated property must be regarded as a resource, from which the expenses of the war might be supported. His memorandum contains no article upon the penalties imposed upon persons; but in his oral communications he intimated that there was scarcely any one who might not have a discharge upon the asking.

I understand from the statement—though the words did not exactly imply it—that a universal amnesty would be granted if peace was concluded.

In my intercourse I strongly urged the propriety of an armistice. This was done after the preparation of his memorandum. He agreed to consider the subject, but no answer has been received. I suppose that if he assents, that the matter will be decided and executed between Generals Grant and Lee.

Very respectfully yours,

J. A. Campbell. Assistant Secretary of War.
(Under pressure from Admiral Porter and others, Mr. Lincoln was compelled almost immediately to revoke his order permitting the Legislature to assemble.—Dispatch.)


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