To Edward S. Sanford

                                   Executive Mansion,
To Sanford.            Washington, [August 15], 186[3]

Major General of Militia for the State of New York.

Whereas by reason of unlawful combinations against the authority of the government of the United States, it has become impracticable, in my judgment to enforce, by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, the laws of the United States, within therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do call forth yourself and your command, as part of the Militia of the State of New-York, to aid in suppressing said combinations and opposition to said laws; and I do order and direct that, for this object, you report forthwith to Major General John A. Dix.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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