OR, III, IV, 702. Lincoln's endorsement was written on a petition presented by the Union State Central Committee of Illinois and the Grand Council of the Union League of Illinois, September 8, 1864, complaining of the draft quotas for the state. The petition is endorsed by Thomas J. Turner, chairman of the Central Committee, and Samuel H. Melvin, commissioner of the Union League: ``If the Provost-Marshal-General will make a reduction of 50 per cent. upon the quotas of every sub-district where a draft has been ordered in Illinois, it will be satisfactory to the people of that State and settle difficulty in regard to the apportionment.''
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