To John G. Foster 
General: Washington, 28 December, 1864.
The bearer, Mr. Charles D. Chase, visits your Department on business. He is a gentleman with whom I am personally acquainted and whom I can commend to your courteous consideration. Yours very truly A LINCOLN
Major General Foster
 LS, IHi. Except for Lincoln's signature this letter on Executive Mansion stationery is in John Hay's handwriting. On the verso is an undated note written to Foster by Charles D. Chase: ``Being unable to attend to my business SouthPage 187
in person, I beg to introduce Mr. W C Churchill, for whom I ask any facilities which might have been extended me from the letter of the President.''
Chase and Churchill have not been further identified. General Foster was in command of the Department of the South at Hilton Head, South Carolina.