LS, IHi. See Lincoln to Stanton, March 9, supra. Preserved with Lincoln's letter is a copy of Lewis B. Parsons' letter to Lincoln, also dated March 17: ``I regret to annoy you. I would not do so but for your long and decidedly expressed opinion that I am well entitled to all that is asked an opinion for nearly two years fully endorsed by Gen [Robert] Allen and Gen Meigs, no less than by all conversant with the facts. There are 12 Brigadiers from my Dept---all but one from the Regular army. Is this just? I can not comprehend it. My only hope is in your order. It will be positive and I trust your influence with this administration may be equal to the occasion.''
 ``Which can be given to the Quarter-Master's Department,'' inserted by Lincoln.