To Thomas E. Bramlette

Gov. Bramlette         Executive Mansion,
Frankfort, Ky.           Washington, Jan- 6. 1864.

Yours of yesterday received. Nothing is known here about Gen. Foster’s order, of which you complain, beyond the fair presumption that it comes from Gen. Grant, and that it has an object which if you understood, you would be loth to frustrate.

True, these troops are, in strict law, only to be removed by my order; but Gen. Grant’s judgment would be the highest incentive to me to make such order. Nor can I understand how doing so is bad faith or dishonor; nor yet how it exposes Kentucky to ruin.

Military men here do not perceive how it such [sic] exposes Kentucky, and I am sure Grant would not permit it, if it so appeared to him. A. LINCOLN


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