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LETTER



FROM



President Lincoln



TO



GENERAL JOSEPH HOOKER



January 26. 1863



Philadelphia
1879



Forty-five copies privately printed.



The following- letter of Mr. Lincoln, which
has never hitherto been printed, is believed to be
of sufficient importance to justify its publication.

J. P. N.



Executive Mansion,
Washington, D. C, Jaiiuary 26, i86j.

Major-General Hooker:

General: I have placed you at the head of the Army of
the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appears
to me to be sufficient reasons, and yet I think it best for you
to know that there are some things in regard to which I am
not quite satisfied with you. I believe you to be a brave .and
skillful soldier, which, of course, I like. I also believe you do
not mix politics with your profession, in which you are right.
You have confidence in yourself, which is a valuable, if not an
indispensible, quality. You are ambitious, which, within rea-
sonable bounds, does good rather than harm; but I think that
during General Burnside's command of the army you have
taken counsel of your ambition, and thwarted him as much as
you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country and
to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer. I have
heard, in such way as to believe it, of your recently saying
that both the army and the Government needed a diflator.
Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have
given you the command. Only those generals who gain suc-
cesses can set up di6lators. What I now ask of you is military
success, and I will risk the di6latorship. The Government
will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither
more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders.
I much fear that the spirit, which you have aided to infuse into
the army, of criticising their commander and withholding
confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist
you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napo-
leon, if he were alive again, could get any good out of an
army while such a spirit prevails in it. And now beware of
rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless
vigilance go forward and give us vi6lories.

Yours, very truly,

A. LINCOLN.



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