Executive Mansion, Washington, —, 1863.
His Excellency Horatio Seymour, Governor of the State of New York:
Whereas, by reason of unlawful combinations against the authority of the Government of the United States, it has become impracticable, in my judgment, to enforce, by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, the laws of the United States within —
Therefore: I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do call forth the Militia of the State of New York, to aid in suppressing said combinations and opposition to said laws. And I do respectfully request and direct that, for this purpose, your Excellency do forthwith order Major-general Sandford, with his command, to report for orders to Major-general John A. Dix.
SOURCE: Morgan Dix, Memoirs of John Adams Dix, Volume 2, p. 87
EDITOR’S NOTE: See Edwin M. Stanton to Major-General John A. Dix, August 15, 1863 for explanation.