To Joel Parker

Gov. Parker                 Executive Mansion,
Trenton, N.J.              Washington, June 30, 1863.

Your despatch of yesterday received. I really think the attitude of the enemies’ army in Pennsylvania, presents us the best opportunity we have had since the war began. I think you will not see the foe in New-Jersey. I beg you to be assured that no one out of my position can know so well as if he were in it, the difficulties and involvements of replacing Gen. McClellan in command—and this aside from any imputations upon him.

Please accept my sincere thanks for what you have done, and are doing to get troops forward.

A. LINCOLN

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