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

To Ethan A. Hitchcock [1]

Executive Mansion Washington,
Gen. Hitchcock Sep. 21, 1864

Please see the bearer Mr. Broadwell, on a question about a mutual supplying of clothes to prisoners Yours truly

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. On September 12, 1864, M. M. Broadwell of New York City wrote to Colonel William Hoffman, commissary general of prisoners: ``I propose to effect an arrangement by which both the Federal and rebel prisoners shall be furnished with blankets and clothing. . . . My personal relations with most of the rebel officials, and my family connections with some, enable me to negotiate this matter with the rebel authorities. I propose, therefore, . . . to go to Richmond and get the consent of the rebel authorities to receive and distribute such blankets and clothing as the United States Government will furnish to the prisoners now held at the South . . .'' (OR, II, VII, 814-15).

On October 3, Charles A. Dana sent Broadwell a pass permitting him to go through the lines on his mission (ibid., p. 920).