To Edwin M. Stanton 
I think a man who offers to volunteer and is rejected, should not afterwards be drafted and forced to serve. This lady alleges that such is the case of her husband. Please have the case investigated and reported on.
 Copy, DNA WR RG 107, Secretary of War, Letters Received, P 1165, Register. Although the original documents are missing from the file, Lincoln's endorsement referring the case of William Richardson, Company F, Second District of Columbia Volunteers, is preserved as a notation in the Register. No further reference has been found.