Sir: Washington, Oct. 31, 1864.
Herewith is a letter of Gov. Curtin which speaks for itself. I suggest, for your consideration, whether, to the extent of, say, five thousand, we might not exempt from the draft, upon the men being put in good shape to defend & give assurance to the border. I have not said even this much to the bearer, Gen. Todd,  whom I hope you will see & hear. Yours truly A. LINCOLNPage 85