To Members of the Cabinet

Executive Mansion,
Washington, December 23, 1862.

Gentleman of the Cabinet A bill for an act entitled “An Act for the admission of the State of `West-Virginia’ into the Union, and for other purposes,” has passed the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and has been duly presented to me for my action.

I respectfully ask of each [of] you, an opinion in writing, on the following questions, towit:

1st. Is the said Act constitutional?

2d. Is the said Act expedient?

Your Obt. Servt. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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