Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Col. R. M. Hough & others War Department,
Chicago, Illinois Washington, D.C., March 17 1865

Yours received. The best I can do with it is to refer it to the War Department. The Rock-Island case referred to, was my individual enterprize; and it caused so much difficulty in so many ways that I promised to never undertake another. A. LINCOLN