[1]   AES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a true copy (March 5, 1861) of a letter from Winfield Scott to Joseph Holt, February 18, 1861:

``If the new vacancy in the Adjutant General's Department is to be filled, I know of no Lieutenant in the army who combines such strong claims---of good service long service and familiarity with the special duties of the office---as Lieutenant Fry, now commanding a battery here. It is very important that officers for this branch of the staff should be selected with a view to peculiar qualification.''

An accompanying letter of James B. Fry indicated by the clerk's endorsement of March 8 is no longer with the true copy bearing Lincoln's endorsement. Fry was appointed brevet captain and assistant adjutant general as of March 16, 1861.

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