To Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Campbell and Robert M. T. Hunter

Messrs Alex H Stephens, [January 30, 1865]

J. A. Campbell and R. M. T. Hunter.

Gentlemen I am instructed by the President of the United States to place this paper in your hands with the information that if you pass through the U.S. Military lines it will be understood that you do so for the purpose of an informal conference, on the basis of the letter, a copy of which is on the reverse side of this sheet; and that if you choose to pass on such understanding, and so notify me in writing, I will procure the Commanding General to pass you through the lines, and to Fortress-Monroe, under such military precautions as he may deem prudent; and, at which place you will be met in due time by some person or persons for the purpose of such informal conferrence. And further that you shall have protection, safe-conduct, and safe return, in all events.


Maj & A.D.C.

The body of the letter is in Lincoln’s handwriting; the names of the persons addressed and the signature are in Eckert’s autograph.


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