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Linoln responds to Fremont's "emanctipation proclamation"...



Item # 675329

September 15, 1861

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 15, 1861  The most notable content is the front page: "THE PRESIDENT AND GFEN. FERMONT" "What the Difficulty Was" "A Letter From the President".
As a bit of background, in late August 1861. Fremont placed all of Missouri under martial law believing that slavery aided the guerrillas and that a direct strike at that institution would crush them. He issued his own "emancipation proclamation", declaring Missouri's slaves free, without informing President Lincoln (see item 675318). This act, of course, far exceeded the authority of his position.
When he found out what Fremont had done, Lincoln asked him to modify his proclamation to conform to official policy, his letter printed here, dated at Washington, Sept. 11, 1861 and signed in type: A. Lincoln.
Fremont refused. This placed the president, who later called Fremont's act "dictatorial", in a very difficult political position. He could not risk alienating the conservatives in this crucial border state; yet he did not wish to upset the Radical Republicans who were pressing for abolition. The president felt he needed to be cautious as Union victories were not numerous enough to justify bold political actions. Within weeks Fremont was relieved of his command and his proclamation was revoked.
A wealth of other fine war-related content on the front page
Eight pages, never-trimmed margins, a small piece from an inside leaf margin, nice condition.

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