can get ready I shall move on again, and it remains to be seen whether he will make a stand on the Rappahannock or behind the Rapidan.
Some people think they are preparing to abandon Virginia altogether, but I doubt this.
Warrenton, Va., July 31, 1863.
I enclose you two letters recently received—one from the President to General Howard, who thought it proper to write to Mr. Lincoln, deprecating his dissatisfaction with me, and informing him I had the full confidence of the army.
I need not assure you, General, that I have lost none of the confidence which I felt in you when I recommended you for the command.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, H. W. Halleck.
Meade to Halleck: Headquarters, A. P., July 31, 1863. (Unofficial.) Major-General Halleck, General-in-Chief.
My Dear General: I thank you most sincerely and heartily for your kind and generous letter of the 28th inst., received last evening.
It would be wrong in me to deny that I feared th