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HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE, VA.,

June 6, 1866.

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

GENERAL: I have the honor to inclose report of Surgeon Cooper regarding health of state prisoner Jefferson Davis.

Most respectfully, your obedient servant,

NELSON A. MILES,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

[Inclosure.]

FORTRESS MONROE, VA., June 6, 1866.

Major General NELSON A. MILES, U. S. Volunteers,

Commanding Military District of Fort Monroe, Fort Monroe, Va.:

SIR: I respectfully report that the general health of state prisoner Jefferson Davis is slowly but decidedly improving. His appetite is becoming better and he relishes his food more than at any time since he has been under my charge. Though still quite weak he seems to be gaining muscular strength and he walks with less evidence of fatigue than heretofore. His nervous system, too, seems less irritable and he sleeps better, though he still complains of the tramp of the sentinels, but states they disturb him less than heretofore. He principal complaint is of the light burning in his room, which he states irritates his eye and prevents him from sleeping, as he otherwise would. The removal, as far as possible, of the disturbing cause of his sleep and the liberty of the fort during the day has been of great and decided benefit to him.

Your obedient servant,

GEO. E. COOPER,

Surgeon, U. S. Army.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, June 6, 1866.

Major-General MILES, U. S. Volunteers,

Commanding at Fort Monroe, Va.:

The Secretary of War instructs me to communicate to you the following Executive order:

EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, D. C., June 6, 1866.

The honorable the SECRETARY OF WAR:

SIR: The honorable the Attorney-General desires that the following-named gentlemen be permitted to visit Jefferson Davis as his counsel. Will the Secretary of War please direct General Miles to allow Thomas G. Pradt, James T. Brady, W. B. Reed, William George Brown, Edwin A. Vansicle, Thomas H. Edsall, and Burton N. Harrison to see Jefferson Davis in that capacity?

With great respect,

ANDREW JOHNSON,

President of the United States.

With directions that you permit the persons named therein to visit Jefferson Davis.

Very respectfully,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Inspector-General, U. S. Army.

HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE, VA.,

June 7, 1866.

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

GENERAL: I have the honor to report state prisoner Jefferson Davis as well as usual to-day. He is in good spirits and quite cheerful.