Dear Sir. Washington, April 13, 1865.
The office of Collector of Internal Revenue for the 5th. Collection District of California is vacant by the resignation of Charles Maltby. I would like to oblige Gen. Schenck by the appointment of his nephew, William C. S. Smith, long a resident of the District, to fill the vacancy. I am satisfied that he is competent, and of good character; and that his appointment will be satisfactory in the district & State. Unless you know some valid objection, send me an appointment for him. Yours truly A. LINCOLN