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

Pass for Mrs. Harriet C. Bledsoe [1]

Allow the bearer, Mrs. Harriet C. Bledsoe, to pass our lines with ordinary baggage and go South. A. LINCOLN

Jan. 16. 1865

Annotation

[1]   ADS-P, DLC-Bledsoe Papers. Harriet C. Bledsoe was the wife of Albert T. Bledsoe, who had served as acting assistant secretary of War of the Confederacy. According to a newspaper article concerning this pass, Mrs. Bledsoe ``ran the blockade, hoping that in the North she could get clothing material for her children. . . . She had known Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln in her younger days in Springfield, Ill., and she wrote to Bishop Charles P. McIlvaine, of the Methodist Church . . . a relative of the Bledsoes by marriage, and he asked that President Lincoln should grant her an interview and hear her request for a pass. . . .'' (Jersey City Journal, February 8, 1930).