To Benjamin F. Butler

                                             Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Major General Butler     War Department,
Fort-Monroe, Va             Washington, D.C., Dec. 28. 1864.

I think you will find that the Provost-Marshal on the Eastern Shore has, as by your authority, issued an order, not for a meeting, but for an election. The order printed in due form was shown to me, but as I did not retain it I can not give you a copy. If the people on their own motion wish to hold a peaceful meeting I suppose you need not to hinder them. A LINCOLN

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