To Gideon Welles 
If the Sec. of the Navy can find employment for this gentleman in the capacity stated, I will discharge [him] from the service under the draft, so that he may go into the other service.
Nov. 1. 1864 A. LINCOLNPage 87
 AES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement is written on a letter from John W. Forney, October 31, 1864, recommending that Thomas C. Curry of Danville, Pennsylvania, ``who has been drafted, should be permitted to enter as a Machinist in the Navy Yard.'' G. R. Wilson, master machinist at the Navy Yard, endorsed on November 2, ``We are in want of 1st. 2d & 3d Class Machinists and Pattern Makers''; and Welles forwarded the letter to Commodore John B. Montgomery who endorsed, ``Approved.''