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[LINCOLN, Abraham, ASSASSINATION]. JEFFERIES, N.L. Two manuscript telegrams signed ("N.L. Jefferies") to Captain C.R. Merrill in Green Bay, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C., 15 April 1865. Together 2 pages, 4to, "War Department, Provost Marshal General's Bureau" stationery, each tipped to backing sheet, minor repairs to fold separations.

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[LINCOLN, Abraham, ASSASSINATION]. JEFFERIES, N.L. Two manuscript telegrams signed ("N.L. Jefferies") to Captain C.R. Merrill in Green Bay, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C., 15 April 1865. Together 2 pages, 4to, "War Department, Provost Marshal General's Bureau" stationery, each tipped to backing sheet, minor repairs to fold separations.

THE WAR DEPARTMENT PURSUES LINCOLN'S ASSASSINS

In an urgent telegram to the Provost Marshall in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jeffries writes: "It is believed that the assassins of the President and secretary Seward are attempting to escape to Canada. You will make a careful and thorough examination of all persons attempting to cross from the United States into Canada...A description of parties supposed to be implicated in the murder will be telegraphed you today." Jeffries' second telegraph gives a detailed description of Lewis Payne, who attempted to assassinate Secretary of State Seward: "...cheeks red on the jaws face moderate full...brows not heavy but dark face not large but rather round...hands soft small & fingers tapering showed no signs of hard labor." -- [With:] STANTON, Edwin M. Partly printed document signed ("Edwin M. Stanton") as Secretary of War, Washington, D.C., 24 April 1863. 1 page, 4to, War Department stationery, tipped to sheet, tear to fold and lower margin. Appointing Capt. C.R. Merrill Provost Marshal for the Fifth District of Wisconsin. (3)
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