Edwin D. Morgan to Abraham Lincoln, July 23, 1861

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    Edwin D. Morgan to Abraham Lincoln, July 23, 1861, New York, NY, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
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    Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
    Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.

    New York July 23 1861

    Dear Sir,

    After receiving the message you sent late Sunday night by Mr Hay, I deemed it my duty to leave for New York for the purpose of supplying more troops to the Government. In addition to Sickles two or three regiments, Julius W. Adams one regt and Rikers one regiment I find Skeleton organizations here proposing to enlist for the War, provided they can be uniformed armed and equipped, and allowed Several weeks perhaps months to recruit. It cannot be done at once. The men proposed for officers are not in all cases the most efficient & capable. I think it would be better if the President would make a requisition on me for such number of regiments as he may deem necessary and proper to come from this state. I would promulgate such order and then endeavor to secure competent officers and take the steps required to bring them into the field I can send three regiments for three months service (regular militia), but not for the war. These could be sent in about one week perhaps sooner. I will remain in New York long enough to receive a reply to this letter, and then long enough to carry into effect any and all requirements of the Government.

    I have the honor to be
    with the highest respect

    Your obt svt
    E. D. Morgan

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