The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865

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Author: Abraham Lincoln

To E. H. East. Washington, February 27, 1864.

HON. E. H: EAST, Secretary of State, Nashville, Tennessee

Your telegram of the twenty-sixth instant asking for a copy of my despatch to Warren Jordan, Esq., at Nashville Press office, has just been referred to me by Governor Johnson. In my reply to Mr. Jordan, which was brief and hurried, I intended to say that in the county and State elections of Tennessee, the oath prescribed in the proclamation of Governor Johnson on the twenty-sixth of January, 1864, ordering an election in Tennessee on the first Saturday in March next, is entirely satisfactory to me as a test of loyalty of all persons proposing or offering to vote in said elections; and coming from him would better be observed and followed. There is no conflict between the oath of amnesty in my proclamation of eighth December, 1863, and that prescribed by Governor Johnson in his proclamation of the twenty-sixth ultimo.

No person who has taken the oath of amnesty of eighth December, 1863, and obtained a pardon thereby, and who intends to observe the same in good faith, should have any objection to taking that prescribed by Governor Johnson as a test of loyalty.

I have seen and examined Governor Johnson’s proclamation, and am entirely satisfied with his plan, which is to restore the State government and place it under the control of citizens truly loyal to the Government of the United States.

A. LINCOLN.

Please send above to Governor Johnson. A. L.

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Chicago: Abraham Lincoln, "To E. H. East. Washington, February 27, 1864.," The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937 in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865 Original Sources, accessed January 23, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48LDMURLYPW2G1W.

MLA: Lincoln, Abraham. "To E. H. East. Washington, February 27, 1864." The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, edited by Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937, in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865, Original Sources. 23 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48LDMURLYPW2G1W.

Harvard: Lincoln, A, 'To E. H. East. Washington, February 27, 1864.' in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln— Volume 7: 1863– 1865, ed. . cited in , The Writings of Abraham Lincoln—Volume 7: 1863–1865. Original Sources, retrieved 23 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48LDMURLYPW2G1W.