Recommendation for James Hughes 
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.
 Copy, DLC-RTL. See also Lincoln's memorandum concerning Hughes, October 20, supra. Two drafts of orders to Treasury agents and to Army and Navy officers, dated October 21, 1864, which give substantially the same directions contained in this copy, were apparently never issued (ibid.), but were discarded in favor of the less peremptory recommendation.