[1]   DeRobigne Mortimer Bennett, The World's Sages, Infidels, and Thinkers (New York, 1876), p. 951. According to the source, Lincoln gave this communication to Ella E. Gibson (Mrs. Ella E. G. Hobart), ``ordained as a ministerPage  103

by the Religio-Philosophical Society of St. Charles, Ill.'' Although she was ``unanimously elected Chaplain and the Colonel confirmed the election,'' Secretary Stanton ``declined to recognize the mustering on account of her sex, not wishing to establish a precedent.''

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