Horace Greeley to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, March 24, 1862 (Political and military affairs), Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.
Transcribed by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Adapted by John Osborne, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.
New York, Mar. 24, 1862.
My dear Sir:
I thank you for your kind letter of yesterday.
I am sure you will find great patience in the country as well as in Congress with regard to all action respecting Slavery if it can only be felt that things are going ahead. The stagnation of the Grand Army has given life to all manner of projects which would be quiet if the War had been going vigorously on. If you think it best that the bill for Emancipation in the district shall embody a clause of Submission to the People of the district, it can easily be so amended. I will advocate it in the Tribune if you desire it. If such vote be deemed requisite, I hope it may be taken on the 4th of July next.
I hear with regret that there is danger of difference between the Secretary of War and Gen. Fremont. I pray you to see that this be obviated. I do not know that F. is a great General; but I do know that our loyal people, with scarcely an exception, are anxious that he should be permitted to show what he is. Now if he is left without a decent force -- Army corps -- or not allowed to select his own staff, it will be generally thought that he has been crippled, and the Government will be blamed for what may ever ill fortune may befall. Pray look to this.