Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Executive Mansion,
Washington, Oct 22, 1864.

James Hughes of Indiana is a worthy gentleman and a friend, whom I wish to oblige.

He desires to trade in southern products, and all officers of the Army and Navy and other agents of the government will afford him such protection and such facilities of transportation, and otherwise in such business as can be consistently done with the regulations of trade and with the public service.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN