To Crafts J. Wright and Charles K. Hawkes

                              Executive Mansion,
Gentlemen:      Washington, Jany. 7, 1864.

You have presented me a plan for getting cotten and other products, from within the rebel lines, from which you think the United States will derive some advantage.

Please carefully and considerately, answer me the following questions.

1. If now, without any new order or rule, a rebel should come into our lines with cotten, and offer to take the oath of Dec. 8th. what do you understand would be done with him and his cotten?

2. How will the Physical difficulty, and danger, of getting cotten from within the rebel lines be lessened by your plan? or how will the owners motive to surmount that difficulty and danger, be heightened by it?

3. If your plan be adopted, where do you propose putting the cotten &c. into market? how assure the government of your good faith in the business? and how be compensated for your services? Very Respectfully A. LINCOLN


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