To Benjamin F. Butler

                                                   Executive Mansion, Washington,
Maj. Genl. Butler,                  Nov. 6th ’62.

My dear Sir: This morning the Secretary of the Treasury read to me a letter of yours to him. He read to me at the same time one from Mr. Denison (I think), at New Orleans. I was much interested by the information in one of them that some of the planters were making arrangements with their negroes to pay them wages. Please write to me to what extent, so far as you know, this is being done. Also what, if anything, is being done by Mr. Bouligny, or others, about electing members of Congress. I am anxious to hear on both these points. Yours truly, A. LINCOLN.

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