Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To James B. Fry [1]

Provost-Marshal-General: September 16, 1864

Please see and hear these gentlemen, who say that by an adjustment---settlement, so to speak---the aggregate quota for Illinois is 16, 184 men, while by some result of sub-districting the draft is about to be enforced for 29,797.

Please look into this and correct the error if it exists, or make for me an intelligible statement; show no error to exist.



[1]   OR, III, IV, 702. Lincoln's endorsement was written on a petition presented by the Union State Central Committee of Illinois and the Grand Council of the Union League of Illinois, September 8, 1864, complaining of the draft quotas for the state. The petition is endorsed by Thomas J. Turner, chairman of the Central Committee, and Samuel H. Melvin, commissioner of the Union League: ``If the Provost-Marshal-General will make a reduction of 50 per cent. upon the quotas of every sub-district where a draft has been ordered in Illinois, it will be satisfactory to the people of that State and settle difficulty in regard to the apportionment.''