AES, DLC-RTL. Lincoln's endorsement is written on a letter from H.P. Livingston, Willard's Hotel, November 14, 1864:
``Allow me to present to you a plan, whearby the Union sentiment at the South, would be strengthened, The dissatisfaction of the people with their Government, increased and their Armey demoralized.
``Their are now but (36) newspapers printed in the Confederacy. they are poor few of them makeing money.
``I would suggest that the controle of many and nearley all of them may be had by purchase of the controleing interest. The amount of funds required would be small in comparison to the advantages that would result to our cause from the control of the Southern Press.
``Their are in the South a large number of inteligent Union men who are able writers, and would hail with joy an opertunity to assist in puting down the rebellion.''
Seward endorsed in reply:
``It seems to me very judicious and wise. But I have no adequate fund. Will the President submit the plan to Sec. War. I do not know that he has the funds necessary, and of course he must judge of the propriety of the application if he has.
``If not T.W. [Thurlow Weed]---might find money by contribution.''