Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  413

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Hon. Secretary of War, please see and hear Hon. Mr. Rollins, & oblige him if you consistently can. A. LINCOLN

April 14. 1865.


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a petition addressed to the Secretary of War, presented by Congressman Edward H. Rollins of New Hampshire: ``About five o'clock in the afternoon of April 14, 1865, Rollins called upon the President to secure his endorsement on a petition from new Hampshire addressed to the Secretary of War. Lincoln had finished his day's business and left his office in the White House, going up-stairs. On receiving Rollins' card, he returned to meet him. Lincoln took the petition on his knee and wrote his endorsement, dated it, and signed his name. . . . Rollins did not present the petition, but kept it as a memento . . . forwarding the request of his New Hampshire constituents in another way. . . .'' (James O. Lyford, Life of Edward H. Rollins, pp. 187-88).