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

To William L. James [1]

March 24, 1865

I am not at all impatient, and hope Major James will not reproach himself or deal harshly with the officer having the matter in charge. Doubtless he, too, has met some unexpected difficulty.

March 24, 1865. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Store Chat, February, 1931. According to the source, Lincoln's endorsement appears on the back of a letter from Major William L. James, acting quartermaster at Fort Monroe, March 24, 1865: ``I am exceedingly mortified at the delay which you have experienced in obtaining the water you desire. I have sent several messengers already to the officer to make all possible haste, and that he should have delayed so is exceedingly annoying to me. I shall certainly call him to account for his bad management.''

Lincoln had an upset stomach, which he attributed to the drinking water on the River Queen.