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Sixth. You wil continue every vigilance and precaution against efforts to escape by surprise, stratagem, or other means, but it is not the desire of the Government to subject him to any hardships not essectial to his secure detention.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

FORT MONROE, VA., July 23, 1865-1 p. m.

Brigadier General E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of telegram of last evening from the honorable Secretary of War giving instructions in regard to the treatment of the prisoner Jefferson Davis.

I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,

N. A. MILES,

Brevet Major-General.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Washington, D. C., July 24, 1865.

JOSEPH E. BROWN, Atlanta, Ga.:

The Governor of the State ought to proceed at once to appoint persons to administer the amnesty oath. The oath can be administered by any military or civil officer who is loyal to the Government of the United States. I am gratified to know that the people of Georgia are acting so promptly in restoring civil authority, and hope it will be a complete success. The letters referred to by you sent by express have not been received. Judge Patterson is somewhere in Tennessee; will be here soon.*

ANDREW JOHNSON,

President of the United States.

HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va., July 24, 1865.

General E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report, in compliance with instructions, that I find Jeff. Davis as well to-day as he has been for a week past. He complains some of rheumatic pains in the back of his head and neck. He takes exercise to-day in the open air, which I think will improve his physical condition.

I remain, most respectfully, your obedient servant,

NELSON A. MILES,

Brevet Major-General of Volunteers.

HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va., July 25, 1865.

General E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report in reference to the prisoner Davis that yesterday he exercised in the open air, the benefits arising from which are evident, as to-day he is quite cheerful and appears to

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* This in reply to Brown of July 21, Series I, Vol. XLIX, Part II, p. 1088.

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