To Gideon Welles 
To the Honorable Washington,
The Secretary of the Navy 7 March, 1865.
M. de Mareil who bears this, is the Editor of the Messager-Franco-Americain, a French Newspaper published in the City of New York, which has sustained the Union cause during this war with great ability and energy.
I hope that any advertising which can be legally and appropriately given to a journal of this class, may be given to M. Mareil. Yours truly A. LINCOLN