Draft of Proclamation

[August 15, 1863?]

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, in the judgment of the President, it is necessary to use the military force in the State of New York in order to suppress existing unlawful combinations against the enforcement of the laws of the United States;

Therefore, I Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons acting against the enforcement of said laws, to disperse, and return peaceably to their respective abodes, by, and before o’clock m. of this day.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

(Seal)

Done at the City of Washington this day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-eighth. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD Secretary of State.

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