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


[1]   Copies, DLC-RTL. See Lincoln's order issued to Robert E. Coxe, supra. Orville H. Browning's Diary records under date of December 24, 1864, a conference with Lincoln ``about letting Genl Singleton go to Richmond for the purpose of purchasing Cotton &c. . . .If it succeeds quite a number of gentlemen, including Senator [Edwin D.] Morgan of N. Y.---Mr [Robert E.] Coxe now of Canada, Judge [James] Hughes of the court of claims, and myself.'' The entry stops thus abruptly, but on January 5, 1865, Browning writes again: ``The President sent me word last night that he wished to see me this morning I had previously talked with him about permitting Singleton to go South . . .a scheme out of which he, Singleton, Judge Hughes of the Court of Claims, Senator Morgan myself and some others, hope to make some money. . . .'' The Richmond Examiner for January 16, 1865, announced Singleton's arrival in that city. A note from Browning to Lincoln, undated but January 30, 1865 (incorrectly catalogued as 1864 in the Lincoln Papers) is as follows:Page  201

``Singleton has returned. Has letters & messages for you, and much to tell that it will be interesting to hear.

``We will call at 7 o'clock this evening, or any other time that may suit your convenience.'' (DLC-RTL).