Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Gideon Welles [1]

Private Executive Mansion,
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


[1]   LS, RPB. This letter is in John Hay's handwriting, marked ``Private'' and signed by Lincoln. No record of Navy advertising in Monsieur H. De Mareil's paper has been found.