To Benjamin F. Butler 
Bermuda Hd. Va. Washington, Sep. 27, 1864.
Assistant Surgeon Wm. Crouse in here complaining that you have dismissed him and ordered him out of the Department. Please telegraph me briefly the reasons. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 183. Butler replied the same day: ``Asst Surg William Crouse has deceived the President. He has not been dismissed. He received an appointment as Asst Surge from me in writing he refused to accept the appointment which was thereupon revoked because of his refusal to accept it. Then finding that he was drinking & worthless & as some thought crazy I ordered him out of the Department. I will forward official copies of the papers tomorrow.'' (DLC-RTL).