To Winfield Scott

July 2, 1861

To the Commanding General of the Army of the United States.

You are engaged in repressing an insurrection against the laws of the United States. If, at any point, on or in the vicinity of any military line which is now, or which shall be used, between the City of New York and the City of Washington, you find resistance which renders it necessary to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus for the Public Safety, you, personally, or through the Officer in command, at the point where resistance occurs, are authorized to suspend that writ.

Given under my hand, and the Seal of the United States, at the City of Washington, this second day of July, A.D. 1861, and of the Independence of the United States the 85th. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

[L.S.]

By the President of the United States:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

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