Df (copy?), DLC-RTL. The editors have not been able to determine whether Lincoln ever signed or issued this permit. The bracketed portion of the date is supplied on the basis of John D. Champlin's memorial of January 20, 1865:
``Your memorialist, John D. Champlin, of the city of New York respectfully represents as follows:
``I am a native of the State of Rhode Island and at present a resident of the City of New York For more than twenty years next preceding the . . . Rebellion, I was a resident of Louisiana and other Southern States. . . .
``I am now the owner of about Eleven Thousand Bales of Cotton, all at and in the vicinity of Galveston and Houston in the State of Texas.
``I desire to obtain from the United States authorities the requisite authority and permission to bring such cotton from Texas by the way of the Port of Galveston. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).