To Edwin M. Stanton 
September 22. 1863
Respectfully referred to the Hon: Secretary of War.
The statements made by Maj. Tracy which are fully sustained by the strong testimonials he presents from the leading citizens of East Tennessee, seem to me to entitle his application to very favorable consideration. A. LINCOLN
 ES, RPB. The heading and body of this endorsement are in John Hay's handwriting. The endorsement appears on a letter from William R. Tracy of Hamilton County, Tennessee, September 17, 1863:
``I respectfully submit the enclosed recommendation from the principal officers in the service from East Tennessee, for the position of Paymaster in the Army. I present the paper myself, as we have at present neither Senator, or Representative in Congress, from our section of the country. I would state to you that there are Fourteen (14) Regiments now in the field, in the service of the United States, and that there is no Paymaster appointed for Tennessee, the above 14 Regts. being all from East Tennessee. I have served my country in the field faithfully, for nearly two years. And should your Excellency see fit to comply with the wishes of my friends, I will still do my utmost duty. I am an exile from my home in East Tennessee which I left at the commencement of the War, and I have lost all the property I left behind me.
``From a private soldier in the ranks, with no influence but my exertions I rose to the rank of Major in the 1st. East Tennessee Cavalry. . . .''
Tracy was appointed captain and commissary of subsistence of Volunteers, June 30, 1864, but no record has been found of his appointment as paymaster.