To Gideon Welles 
Respectfully submitted to the Navy Department, asking special attention, and as favorable action as may be consistent.
Aug. 22. 1862 A. LINCOLN
 AES, NN. Lincoln's endorsement is written on a letter from Rear Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont, Port Royal, South Carolina, August 15, 1862, introducing ``my young friend and acting flag Lieutenant Mr [Samuel W.] Preston . . . from Illinois'' and recommending him for promotion to ``full Lieutenant.'' Preston was appointed lieutenant dating from August 1, 1862.