[The following note appears in pencil at top of letterbook page: ] May. 20. 61 Wrote to Mr. Seward urging the importance
of Govt sustaining the Union men of Tenn.

Boston.May. 22. 61

Dear Sir

A meeting of gentlemen has just been
held at my office to consider the sub-
ject of maintaining the Union men in
E. Tenn. & a comee of three consistg. of
Mr. Edw. Everett, Judge Parker & Judge
Hoar was chosen to urge the necessity
of support upon the Nat. Govt. They are
now writing a letter to the Prest. This
will all be done in a manner not
to come before the public.

I have a letter from Mr. A. T. Stewart
of N.Y. who will bring it before the
"Union Defence Comee" of the State. This
too will be done so as not to create
difficulty for you at home.

You must have some more money &
I hope to send you a mod. sum.

Yours respy & truly
Amos A. Lawrence

[Subscription (recipient's name and address at foot of page)] Hon. And. Johnson. Knoxville