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Lincoln repeals Hunter's controversial order emancipating slaves...

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May 20, 1862

NEW YORK WORLD, May 20, 1862 

* General David Hunter order
* Emancipation of slaves
* Abraham Lincoln rebuffs

The front page begins with column heads: "PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION" "Gen. Hunter's Proclamation Void" "The Power of Declaring Slaves Free Belongs to the President" "An Appeal To The Border States" "Gradual Abolition of Slavery Urged" "How the Proclamation is Received".
The related text takes most of the first column, headed: "The President's Proclamation" in which Lincoln retracts General Hunter's controversial emancipation of the slaves in George, Florida and South Carolina.
Included is Hunter's: "General Orders No. 11" in which he declares emancipation, signed in type: David Hunter, Major-General Commanding. Following this is is Lincoln's more lengthy Proclamation, signed in type: Abraham Lincoln.
This was the controversial situation where Hunter pronounced slaves free in the mentioned states, previous to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, angering the President.
Eight pages, never bound nor trimmed, foxing at the front page folds, tiny repair at the fold juncture not affecting any mentioned content, nice condition.

Note: President Lincoln did not rescind the order because he was against emancipating the slaves. At the time, he simply believed the process should be a gradual one. He was also incensed that Gen. Hunter would make such an order without having first sought his approval.

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