Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion,
Sir: Washington, Oct. 31, 1864.

Herewith is a letter of Gov. Curtin which speaks for itself. I suggest, for your consideration, whether, to the extent of, say, five thousand, we might not exempt from the draft, upon the men being put in good shape to defend & give assurance to the border. I have not said even this much to the bearer, Gen. Todd, [2] whom I hope you will see & hear. Yours truly A. LINCOLN

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[1]   ALS, owned by Edward C. Stone, Boston, Massachusetts. Governor Curtin's letter has not been found.

[2]   Probably Lemuel Todd, formerly major in the Thirtieth Pennsylvania Volunteers.