To Ethan A. Hitchcock 
Will Gen. Hitchcock, please see & hear the bearer, Mr. Leech.
Oct. 19. 1864 A. LINCOLN
 AES, DLC-RTL. Lincoln's endorsement is written on the envelope of a letter from Richard Yates, October 3, 1864, introducing ``Mr. W. Leach, a loyal and praiseworthy citizen . . . who visits Washington to procure . . . the exchange of his Brother-in-Law Lt. A[braham]. Allee, of Co `K' 16th Ills Cavly. . . . whose health has been impaired by exposure in the field and confinement in prison . . . at Savannah Ga. . . .'' General Hitchcock wrote beneath Lincoln's endorsement, ``The undersigned feels that it would be unjust to prisoners left in the South, to recommend a special exchange except upon grounds of a public character, and such grounds do not appear in this case.'' The address of W. Leech (or Leach) is noted on the envelope as ``Lincoln, Ill.''Page 52
AGO Special Orders, No. 474, December 30, 1864, ordered Second Lieutenant Allee and other officers ``recently escaped Prisoners of War . . . to join their regiments in the field. Permission to delay reporting for thirty days, is hereby granted them.''