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29. Lincoln to Gen. Samuel R. Curtis on cotton speculation charge


29. Lincoln to Gen. Samuel R. Curtis on cotton speculation charge


Letter from Abraham Lincoln to General Samuel R. Curtis informing him that he is being charged with speculating in cotton, but reassuring him that action will be delayed until the General has an opportunity to respond. November 6, 1862. Allegations of Curtis' actions had been forwarded to Postmaster-General Montgomery Blair by Missouri governor Hamilton Gamble as part of an effort to have Curtis removed from command of the Department of Missouri. Curtis' relationship with Gamble was deeply troubled. Autograph Letter Signed.




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Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 6, 1862. Major General Curtis Mr dear Sir, I feel it my duty to you, as a friend, to tell you, that the Sec. of War, and General-in-Chief inform me that charges have been preferred against you, something about speculating in cotton, as I understand, which can not be overlooked. I am sorry to write on so unpleasant a subject. The matter will be held until I have time to hear from you. Yours truly[,] A Lincoln