To Queen Victoria

June 26, 1861

Abraham Lincoln,

President of the United States of America,

To Her Majesty Victoria,

Queen of the United Kingdom

of Great Britain and Ireland,

&c, &c, &c.

Great and Good Friend:

I have received the letter in which you have made known to me the affliction you have sustained in the death of your justly lamented parent, the Duchess of Kent. I tender to you my sincere condolence, with that of the whole American people, in this great bereavement, and pray God to have Your Majesty and your whole Royal Family constantly under his gracious protection and care.

Written at Washington, this twenty-sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one. Your Good Friend, ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.


To Winfield Scott

State Department, June 20, 1861.

The Lieutenant-General

Commanding the Armies of the United States:

You or any officer you may designate will, in your discretion, suspend the writ of habeas corpus so far as may relate to Major Chase, lately of the Engineer Corps of the Army of the United States, now alleged to be guilty of treasonable practices against this government. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

By the President:


To William P. Dole

Hon. W. P. Dole Executive Mansion
Comr. of Ind. Affrs. June [c. 11], 1861

My dear Sir Some time ago I directed you to designate a suitable person to be Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Washington Territory, saying I would appoint the person you would so designate. You designated Anson Dart; and I now have the following reasons for not appointing him all coming to my knowledge since I gave you the direction mentioned.

1st. A member of the present Cabinet tells me that during Genl. Taylor’s administration Dart distinctly tendered money to him for his influence to get an office from Gen. Taylor.

2nd. A member of the present H.R. from Wisconsin writes me over his own name that Dart is an immoral and dishonest man; and that if nominated, he will go before the Senate and procure his rejection if possible.

3rd. One of the Senators from Oregon tells me that Dart’s character is very bad in that county; that he is universally understood out there to have left his family at home, and kept a prostitute while there; and that, if nominated, he will, in the Senate, procure his rejection if possible.

4th. The other Senator from Oregon tells me Dart’s character is very odious and bad in that county; and that Dart, last winter, distinctly proposed to him that if he would procure his appointment to the Oregon Indian Superintendency, he would give him a thousand dollars the day the appointment should be made, and five hundred a year, as long as he should hold the office.

I presume you knew nothing of these things; and that neither you or I could knowingly be for such a man. Yours truly


To Simon Cameron

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion
My dear Sir June 10— 1861

Please let Col. Montgomery C. Meigs be appointed Quarter-Master-General. Yours very truly A. LINCOLN

To Winfield Scott

Private Lieut. Genl. Scott Executive Mansion June 5. 1861

My dear Sir Doubtless you begin to understand how disagreeable it is to me to do a thing arbitrarily, when it is unsatisfactory to others associated with me.

I very much wish to appoint Col. Meigs Quarter-Master General, and yet Gen. Cameron does not quite consent. I have come to know Col. Meigs quite well for a short acquaintance, and, so far as I am capable of judging I do not know one who combines the qualities of masculine intellect, learning and experience of the right sort, and physical power of labor and endurance so well as he.

I know he has great confidence in you, always sustaining so far as I have observed, your opinions, against any differing ones.

You will lay me under one more obligation, if you can and will use your influence to remove Gen. Cameron’s objection. I scarcely need tell you I have nothing personal in this, having never seen or heard of Col. Meigs, until about the end of last March. Your obt. Servt, A. LINCOLN

Reply to Don Marcelino Hurtado

June 4, 1861

Mr. HURTADO: I receive with pleasure a Minister Plenipotentiary from the Republic of the Granadian Confederacy. Your country contains one of the principal highways of commerce and intercourse between the Atlantic and the Pacific States of this Union. The people of the two countries cannot, therefore, be strangers to each other; they must be friends, and in some measure allies. It shall be no fault of mine if they ever cease to be such.

The republican system of government, which has been adopted so generally on this continent, has proved its adaptation to what is the first purpose of government every where—the maintenance of national independence. It is my confident hope and belief that this system will be found, after sufficient trials, to be better adapted every where than any other to other great interests of human society—namely, the preservation of peace, order, and national prosperity. I sincerely hope that this may be the happy result of the experiment of the system in your country.

I bid you welcome, sir, to the society of the capital.