To Edwin M. Stanton 
If the services are needed let this appointment be made.
Dec. 29, 1864 A. LINCOLN
 Retz & Storm Catalog, No. 110. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's endorsement appears on the verso of a petition signed by Richard Yates and others, October 10, 1864, for appointment of Orlu C. Richardson as commissary. Richardson had resigned as captain in the Thirtieth Illinois Infantry on August 12, 1864. He was appointed captain and commissary as of March 2, 1865.