To William H. Seward 
I know nothing of the gentleman recommend[ed] within; but the lady (Mrs. Walworth) in whose hands I find the paper is an old friend and acquaintance, and I would like for her to to [sic] be obliged, in the way named, or some similar one.
 AES, NAuE. Lincoln's undated endorsement has been removed from attendant papers. A bracketed date in pencil, ``March, 1861,'' has been added by someone. Mrs. Walworth was probably Sarah Ellen (Smith) Hardin, the widow of John J. Hardin, who in 1851 had married Reuben H. Walworth, member of congress (1821-1823) and chancellor of New York (1828-1848).