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President doesn't tell him about state of the war because administration is departmental; War Department tells him only what is "thought fit to impart" so he can't give McIlvaine any information; discusses his notion of an administration
letter, McIlvaine, Chase, Civil War
Chase, S. P., "Letter to Charles Petit McIlvaine" (1863). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 320.