To Benjamin F. Loan

Hon. B. Loan                          War Department
Dear Sir:                                   Washington, Feb. 22, 1864

At your instance I directed a part of the advertising for this Department to be done in the St. Joseph Tribune. I have just been informed that the Tribune openly avows it’s determination that in no event will it support the re-election of the President. As you probably know, please inform me whether this is true. The President’s wish is that no objection shall be made to any paper respectfully expressing it’s preference for the nomination of any candidate; but that the patronage of the government shall be given to none which engages in cultivating a sentiment to oppose the election of any when he shall have been fairly nominated by the regular Union National Convention.

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