To Francis H. Peirpoint

Hon. F. H. Peirpoint Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir: Washington, March 20, 1862.

Yours of the 14th. received. Make haste slowly. Things are improving by time. Draw up your proclamation carefully, and, if you please, let me see it before issuing. Yours very truly

A. LINCOLN

On March 14, 1862, Governor Peirpoint wrote that “Owing to the favorable advance of the Federal troops into Virginia, and, I think, the certainty of the rebellion being shortly put down in the State, I deem it important that I should issue a circular letter to the people. . . calling upon them to co-operate with me in restoring the government of the State in accordance with the Ordinance of the convention. . . at Wheeling on the 11th of June 1861. . . .”

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