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Messages and Papers of the Confederacy.

On the day of its date the following telegram was sent to General Grant:


War Department, Washington,
Feb. 1, 1865.

Lieut. Gen. Grant, City Point, Va.

Let nothing which is transpiring change, hinder, or delay your military movements or plans.

(Sent in cipher at 9:30 a.m.)

A. Lincoln.


Afterwards the following dispatch was received from General Grant:


Office U. S. Telegraph, War Department.

(In cipher.)

The following telegram was received at Washington at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 1, 1865, from City Point, Va., Feb. 1, 12:30 p.m., 1865:


His Excellency Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

Your dispatch is received. There will be no armistice in consequence of the presence of Mr. Stephens and others within our lines. The troops are kept in readiness to move at the shortest notice if occasion should justify it.

U. S. Grant, Lieut. Gen.


To notify Major Eckert that the Secretary of State would be at Fortress Monroe and to put them in communication, the following dispatch was sent:


War Department, Washington,
Feb. 1, 1865.

T. T. Eckert, care Gen. Grant, City Point, Va.

Call at Fortress Monroe and put yourself under the direction of Mr. S., whom you will find there.

A. Lincoln.


On the morning of the 2d inst. the following telegrams were received by me from the Secretary of State and Major Eckert:


Fortress Monroe, Va., 11:30 p.m.,
Feb. 1, 1865.

The President of the United States.

Arrived here this evening. Richmond party not here. I remain here.

Wm. H. Seward.


City Point, Va., 10 p.m.,
Feb. 1, 1865.

His Excellency A. Lincoln, President of the United States.

I have the honor to report the delivery of your communication and my letter at 4:15 this afternoon, to which I received a reply at 6 p.m., but not satisfactory. At 8 p.m. the following note, addressed to Gen. Grant, was received: