AES, MH-Slattery Collection. This endorsement appears to have been cut from a letter. George T. Hammond, editor of the Newport, Rhode Island, Daily News, had written Lincoln on September 14, 1864:
``Can I have a private or unembarrassed interview with you for a few moments if I go to Washington on purpose?
``If so when shall I come?
``My paper has supported the Republican party from its formation and your administration from its beginning without reward, and if this is a sufficient reason to grant me the favor which I ask, more for your benefit than my own, you will favor me with an early reply. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).
No record of his appointment to a federal job has been found, but see Lincoln's notes to Heads of Departments, and to Welles, infra.