To Gideon Welles

Hon. Sec. of Navy Executive Mansion
My dear Sir March 10, 1862

I have just seen Lieut. Worden, who says the “Monitor” could be boarded and captured very easily—first, after boarding, by wedging the turret, so that it would not turn, and then by pouring water in her & drowning her machinery. He is decidedly of opinion she should not go sky-larking up to Norfolk. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN

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