Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 4.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Appointment of Horatio N. Taft, Jr. [1]

[July 4, 1861]

Horatio N. Taft, the boy-bearer of this, wishes to be a page. By the within, his father seems to be willing; and, as he is a play-mate of my little boys, I am quite willing. A. LINCOLN


[1]   AES, owned by Leo MacDonough, Huntington Park, California. Lincoln wrote the endorsement on the back of a note dated July 4, 1861, from Horatio N. Taft, chief examiner in the patent office. Appointed by President Buchanan, Taft was retained by Lincoln because of his staunch Union sympathies. His note reads: ``Should the President feel disposed to favor the request of the bearer my son who seems determined to assert his Independence, his kindness would be highly appreciated.'' Since page boys are not listed in the U.S. Official Register as of September 30, 1861, the outcome of the boy's application has not been determined.