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    [Hampton Roads Peace Conference] Thomas T. Eckert Autograph Draft Telegram Signed "Thos. T. Eckert / Maj &c"), two pages, one on letterhead of "Headquarters, Armies of the United States", City Point (Virginia), 8" x 6.75", 1 February 1864 [sic, 1865], "10 P.M.", to "His Excellency A. Lincoln, President U.S." Eckert reports "delivery of your communication & my letter at 4-15 this P.M. to which I received a reply at 6 P.M. but not satisfactory. At 8 P.M. the following note addressed to Lt. Genl. Grant was received" (here Eckert indicates that the note text [7.75" x 5.5"] should be inserted, and continues.) "At 9:30 P.M. I notified them that they could not proceed further unless they complied with the terms . . . in my letter. The designated point of meeting in above note would in my opinion be insisted upon, think Fort Monroe would be acceptable . . . I will return to Washington tomorrow unless otherwise directed." This message concerns the negotiations with the Confederate peace commissioners sent by Jefferson Davis. It was ultimately agreed that they would meet with Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward aboard ship in Virginia, but their conference proved unavailing, and the worst of the fighting continued for two more months. The bottom of page one has been excised; the top of page two has been excised. Fine.

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