To Edwin M. Stanton

Hon. Sec. of War                 Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir:                          Washington, July 21, 1863.

I desire that a renewed and vigorous effort be made to raise colored forces along the shores of the Missippi.

Please consult the General-in-Chief; and if it is perceived that any acceleration of the matter can be effected, let it be done.

I think the evidence is nearly conclusive that Gen. Thomas is one of the best, if not the very best, instruments for this service. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN.

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