To Benjamin W. Brice 
Will the Pay-Master-General please inform Hon. Mr. Eckley what is the trouble about Col. Fyffe's pay, & whether there is any thing the President can lawfully do about it. A. LINCOLN
Dec. 20, 1864
 ALS, owned by Verne Miners, Chicago, Illinois. Benjamin W. Brice was appointed paymaster general as of November 29, 1864. Lincoln's note was enclosed in a letter of U.S. Representative Ephraim R. Eckley to Brice of the same date, asking why Colonel Edward P. Fyffe, Twenty-sixth Ohio, Veteran Reserve Corps, could not get his pay. Brice endorsed the letter on December 21, 1864, that there appeared to be ``no difficulty on the part of Col. Fyffe drawing his pay, except the want of funds. . . . Major H. A. Hutchins, is now in funds, and Col. Fyffe can be paid. . . .''