AES-F, ISLA. Lincoln's recommendation appears on the back of a War Department pass issued to Frederick Tompkins, secretary of the National Freedmen's Aid Society of London, to Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, and return. Both Stanton and Grant endorsed as on the pass to Leigh, supra. On February 23, Henry Ward Beecher wrote Lincoln:
``The bearer Mr Fred. Tompkins is a fast friend of the north, tho an English-man. He has been restlessly active in England for us. He comes now to collect facts about the freedmen that he may aid us still more on his return.
``He is worthy of entire confidence'' (DLC-RTL).