Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  414


Petition of Anson G. Henry [1]

December 15, 1847

To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:

Your Petitioner, Anson G. Henry, of Pekin, Illinois, respectfully represents that in June 1846 he furnished supplies, transportation &c. to Capt. Edward Jones' company of volunteers, before they were mustered into the service of the United States, to the value of that his claim has been submitted to, and finally disallowed, by the accounting officers of the Government, except as to the sum of which has been allowed & paid

Your Petitioner herewith presents what he hopes will be deemed ample evidence of the justice of his claim; and respectfully prays that the unpaid ballance of the same be allowed him; and as in duty bound &c. Decr. 15. 1847 A. G. HENRY.


[1]   ADS, DNA RG 233, HR 30 AF 3 (7). This petition, entirely in Lincoln's autograph, is endorsed by a clerk: ``Decr 20 1847. Referred to the Committee of Claims/Feby 29 1848 Bill 246.'' On the latter date, H.R. 246, ``for the relief of Dr. A. G. Henry of Illinois,'' was ``read the first and second time'' and passed (House Journal). In the Senate, H.R. 246 was reported from the committee on military affairs without amendment on June 20, but no further action was taken (Senate Journal).

To William H. Seward [1]

Hon: W. H. Seward Springfield, Ills.
Dear Sir: June 4. 1849

Would you as soon I should have the General Land Office as any other Illinoian? If you would, please write me to that effect at Washington, where I expect to be soon. A private despach says the appointment has been postponed three weeks from the first of June for my benefit. No time to lose. Your Obt. Servt.



[1]   ALS, NAuE. No reply from Seward has been found. See Lincoln's similar letters of June 3 and 4, 1849, supra (II, 52-53).

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Receipt to Department of Interior [1]

Department of the Interior
June 22 1849.

Received from the files of this Department a Letter written by myself, in favor of Mr Thomas for Marshal of Ill. dated May 12 1849. A. LINCOLN


[1]   DS, DNA RG 59, Appointments, Charles G. Thomas. See Lincoln's letter to Clayton, March 10, 1849, supra (II, 36-37). Lincoln's letter to Clayton in favor of Charles G. Thomas has not been found.

To Thomas J. Turner [1]

Hon: Thos. J. Turner: Springfield,
Dear Sir: April 26. 1850.

I came home from the circuit four days ago, and found your letter in waiting. To-day I made some corrections of mistakes in the descriptions of the land and filed the Bill. Process is issued. In this court we can not bring in non-resident defendants by publication as we do in the State courts; but I [think] service can be had on Kemper, as he was here a few days since, and has gone to the Rock River country looking after this very land. If not, I suppose both he and Bradshaw will enter their appearance. In haste, yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, IFre. See Lincoln's letter to Thomas J. Turner, February 8, 1850, supra (II, 72).

To Daniel A. Cheever [1]

D. A. Cheever, Esq., Springfield,
Dear Sir: Aug. 11, 1858.

I have had my last Springfield speech printed in pamphlet form, and now send you 250 of them. If you find them useful, more of them can be had by writing here. Address J. O. Johnson, [2] of this place, as I shall be absent after today. Yours as ever,



[1]   Concord, New Hampshire, Daily Monitor and N. H. Patriot, February 12, 1925. According to the source, this original autograph letter was presented to Governor John G. Winant by John C. Thorne. See Lincoln to Cheever, July 25, 1858, supra (II, 522).

[2]   Concerning John O. Johnson, see Lincoln to Yates, September 30, 1857, supra (II, 424).

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To Joseph Gillespie [1]

Illinois Central Railroad Company,
Hon: J. Gillespie Superintendent's Office,
My dear Sir Centralia, Sept. 16. 1858.

Since parting with you I see by the papers that the Americans and Republicans of New-York failed to form a union, and have nominated seperate tickets. This fact may be seized upon to help prevent a union in Madison Co., and I am more than ever anxious that you should be at home Saturday to do what you can. Please do not fail to go.

The meeting at Jonesborough yesterday was not large; but, in other matters, altogether respectable. I will venture to say that our friends were a little better satisfied with the result than our adversaries. You will see particulars in the papers.

Be sure to go home to the meeting on Saturday. Yours as ever



[1]   ALS, IHi.No reply from Gillespie has been found. Lincoln saw Gillespie when he spoke at Edwardsville, Illinois, on September 11.

To Simon Cameron [1]

[March 8, 1861]

If the appointment herein sought, meets the approbation of Gen. Scott, and violates no rule of the army, let it be made, in which case let a blank appointment be sent me. A. LINCOLN


[1]   AES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a true copy (March 5, 1861) of a letter from Winfield Scott to Joseph Holt, February 18, 1861:

``If the new vacancy in the Adjutant General's Department is to be filled, I know of no Lieutenant in the army who combines such strong claims---of good service long service and familiarity with the special duties of the office---as Lieutenant Fry, now commanding a battery here. It is very important that officers for this branch of the staff should be selected with a view to peculiar qualification.''

An accompanying letter of James B. Fry indicated by the clerk's endorsement of March 8 is no longer with the true copy bearing Lincoln's endorsement. Fry was appointed brevet captain and assistant adjutant general as of March 16, 1861.

To William H. Seward [2]

Hon. W. H. Seward. Executive Mansion
My dear Sir April 17. 1861

The bearer of this, Mr. Geo. T. Whittington, of Alexandria Va. would go to Richmond, and make observations for us, if we wouldPage  417 bear his expenses. I think it would be well for him to go, and if you concur with me, please fit him out. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. No reply from Seward or further reference to George T. Whittington has been found.

To Simon Cameron [1]

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion
My dear Sir August 6. 1861

Mr. Senator Latham wishes Judson Haycock to be a 2nd. Lieut. of 1st. Dragoons, in place Charles Stewart Brooks rejected by the Senate. If this place is open, as Mr. Latham thinks, oblige him in this matter. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, owned by Paul B. Freeland, Crowley, Louisiana. On the letter appears an unsigned endorsement, ``To be done.'' According to Senator Milton S. Latham's request, Judson Haycock was appointed second lieutenant to date from August 16, 1861, and was confirmed by the Senate on February 3, 1862. The appointment of Charles Stewart Brooks was rejected by the Senate on August 5, 1861.

To Edwin M. Stanton [2]

The enclosed request from Dr. Perkins is respectfully referred to the most favorable consideration of the Secretary of War.

March 13. 1862. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ES, RPB. The body of the endorsement is in John Hay's handwriting; the date and signature are in Lincoln's autograph. The letter of Tarrant A. Perkins, Charleston, Virginia, March 6, 1862, on which the endorsement appears, requests transfer to Missouri. Dr. Perkins was brigade surgeon on the staff of Brigadier General Jacob D. Cox, commanding the District of Kanawha. A further endorsement of the Adjutant General's Office reads: ``This officer's resignation has been accepted, to take effect March 24/62.'' See Lincoln's letter to Stanton, May 22, 1862, supra (V, 229-30).

Order Concerning Mr. Garton [1]

Executive Mansion,
Washington, September 23, 1862

Mr. Garton is represented to me by good authority to have done valuable service for the Government, and to have made many sacrifices. I think his account is a very reasonable one and ought to be paid. Let no merely technical objection stand in the way of the payment. A. LINCOLN


[1]   DS, IHi. This document is in Nicolzy's handwriting except for the last sentence and signature in Lincoln's autograph. Mr. Garton has not been identified.

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To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Executive Mansion
September 22. 1863

Respectfully referred to the Hon: Secretary of War.

The statements made by Maj. Tracy which are fully sustained by the strong testimonials he presents from the leading citizens of East Tennessee, seem to me to entitle his application to very favorable consideration. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ES, RPB. The heading and body of this endorsement are in John Hay's handwriting. The endorsement appears on a letter from William R. Tracy of Hamilton County, Tennessee, September 17, 1863:

``I respectfully submit the enclosed recommendation from the principal officers in the service from East Tennessee, for the position of Paymaster in the Army. I present the paper myself, as we have at present neither Senator, or Representative in Congress, from our section of the country. I would state to you that there are Fourteen (14) Regiments now in the field, in the service of the United States, and that there is no Paymaster appointed for Tennessee, the above 14 Regts. being all from East Tennessee. I have served my country in the field faithfully, for nearly two years. And should your Excellency see fit to comply with the wishes of my friends, I will still do my utmost duty. I am an exile from my home in East Tennessee which I left at the commencement of the War, and I have lost all the property I left behind me.

``From a private soldier in the ranks, with no influence but my exertions I rose to the rank of Major in the 1st. East Tennessee Cavalry. . . .''

Tracy was appointed captain and commissary of subsistence of Volunteers, June 30, 1864, but no record has been found of his appointment as paymaster.

To Lorenzo Thomas [1]

On the within report, the petition of M. Van Buren Boker is refused. A. LINCOLN

August 26, 1864.


[1]   ES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a report of Robert B. Carnahan, U.S. District Attorney, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 16, 1864, recommending refusal of the petition of citizens of Washington County, Pennsylvania, on behalf of M. Van Buren Boker, convicted of resisting the draft.

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

If it would be no detriment to the service I would be glad for General Grierson to remain here two days longer. A. LINCOLN.

February 13th, 1865.


[1]   Record of Services Rendered the Government by B. H. Grierson in 1865 (privately printed), p. 185. According to the source, this note was on a small card on the back of which Stanton wrote: ``General [Benjamin H.] Grierson has permission to remain at Washington two days.'' See Lincoln to military officers commanding in West Tennessee, supra (VIII, 294-96).

Page  419

To--- [a]

It is a matter of great personal consequence to me that our Illinois Rail Road bill should be acted on this session. May I hope you will help me suspend the rule to take it up? A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, IHi. This note was probably written while Lincoln was in congress. On January 17, 1848, Representative Robert Smith of Illinois, introduced H.R. 87, a bill to grant to the State of Illinois a right of way through the public lands, to aid in the construction of the Northern Cross Railroad. The bill was referred to the committee on public lands, but was never reported. On February 8, 1849, S. 13, another bill to grant the State of Illinois a right of way through public lands was laid before the House and referred to the committee on public lands. Representative Jacob Collamer reported the bill and moved that it should pass. There was no second. On February 28, Representative Samuel F. Vinton moved that the bill be reconsidered. Consideration was postponed. On March 3, Representative John Wentworth moved to consider Vinton's motion of February 28, but following debate the motion was tabled and the bill died.

To--- [b]


Want to see you, but will, call again if you are busy.


[1]   ALS, CSmH. This note appears on Lincoln's printed visiting card.

To--- [c]

My dear Sir

Herewith is the resolution we talked of yesterday. I think my answer should include one from the Sec. of War, as well as from you. If you send me back a copy of the resolution I will lay it before him. Yours truly A LINCOLN.


[1]   Copy, ISLA. The date and the name of the recipient have been cut from the top of the letter.

To Mr. Atkinson [1]

Mr. Atkinson: I can not think of any cotton question to ask & I am really very tired. Will Mr. Atkinson please excuse me?



[1]   Charles F. Heartman Catalog, April 2, 1927, No. 214. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's note is written on both sides of a visiting card. Atkinson may have been Robert J. Atkinson, who resigned as Third Auditor of the Treasury in June, 1864. See Lincoln to Chase, June 15, 1864, supra (VII, 392).

Page  420

To Nathaniel P. Banks [1]

Will Gov. Banks please call and see me at once? A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS-P, ISLA. This note was probably written prior to May 16, 1861, when Banks was commissioned a major general.

Bass-Ackwards [1]

He said he was riding bass-ackwards on a jass-ack, through a patton-cotch, on a pair of baddle-sags, stuffed full of binger-gred, when the animal steered at a scump, and the lirrup-steather broke, and throwed him in the forner of the kence and broke his pishing-fole. He said he would not have minded it much, but he fell right in a great tow-curd; in fact, he said it give him a right smart sick of fitness---he had the molera-corbus pretty bad. He said, about bray dake he come to himself, ran home, seized up a stick of wood and split the axe to make a light, rushed into the house, and found the door sick abed, and his wife standing open. But thank goodness she is getting right hat and farty again.


[1]   AD Taper collection. In transcribing a copy of this piece of foolery, Jesse W. Weik identified it merely as ``a `piece' which Lincoln wrote and gave to the bailiff of one of the Springfield courts'' (Hertz, The Hidden Lincoln, p. 400). Whether or not it was original with Lincoln has not been established.

F. S. Bougan [1]

F. S. Bougan---wants to [be] Q.M. Com. or something of the sort

I think after all, but am not sure, that he is a drunken loafer.


[1]   AE, DLC-Nicolay Papers. Lincoln's undated endorsement, written between 1861 and 1865, has been cut from an envelope. F. S. Bougan has not been identified.

Cabinet Meeting [1]

Please come to Cabinet ½ past ten to-day. A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DLC-Nicolay Papers. Lincoln's note is written on a small card.

California Appointments [1]

Would like to have your brief for California appointments.



[1]   Stan. V. Henkels Catalog 1364, November 18, 1924, No. 291. According to the catalog description, this item is an autograph note signed, damaged by fire.

Page  421

To Simon Cameron [1]

The Secretary of the Treasury and the President will call on the Secretary of War at 12:15, noon, today. A. LINCOLN


[1]   Julia Taft Bayne, Tad Lincoln's Father (1931), p. 90. According to the source, Lincoln's note was written on a card, delivered to Secretary Cameron by Horatio N. Taft, Jr., and retrieved by him when Cameron threw it on the floor after reading it.

To Simon Cameron [2]

Sec. of War, please see Rev. Mr. Griffith of Alabama.



[1]   ALS, DLC-Cameron Papers. The Reverend Mr. Griffith has not been identified.

John Constant [1]

I have been at a good deal of pains to get the information you want. As I now understand it, Shandy assigned to Fogg, three notes on Constant, two of them for $150 each, one due one year after date, & the other due in two years, both dated May 9th. 1839,---the other for $45---due one year after date, dated May 10th. 1839---on the last, there is a credit of $18.00, as of June 16th. 1841. Constant had a mortgage against White to secure four notes, three of them, for $250 each, and the fourth for $450---he sold three of the notes & retained one of the $250 ones. The mortgaged property was sold on the 27th. day of August 1844. for $550---and it has not been redeemed. It was sold for the ratable benefit of these four notes; and consequently the ratio of the 250 note retained by Constant goes to Fogg. It's ratio, as I count it, is $114.581/3 cents, to be credited on the Shandy notes as of date 27th August 1844. The ballance of those notes remain unpaid. This


[1]   AD, owned by Mrs. Edna Orendorff Macpherson, Springfield, Illinois. The top and bottom of this letter have been cut off. From the contents, the letter appears to have been written after August 27, 1844. In the case of John Constant v. John White, Logan and Lincoln obtained judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $1,200, on November 16, 1843.

Draft of Telegram [1]

If any vessel has been cleared from New-York for Mobile within this year, send by mail immediately copies of every paper and entry you have, about it. If no such clearance has been given, simply say ``No'' by telegraph.

Page  422


[1]   AD, OClWHi. The following endorsement written in pencil, appears on the bottom of the sheet:

``The above was written by Mr Lincoln in my presence as the substance of a letter sent to Collr. of N.Y. GEO HARRINGTON

``no com next day by Tel''

This document was probably written sometime after the fall of Fort Morgan on August 5, 1864.

Jesse K. Dubois [1]

My acquaintance first began with him in 1836. He was a member from Lawrence and Coles. Our friendship has continued and strengthened. When I first saw him he was a slim handsome young man, with auburn hair and sky-blue eyes, with the elegant manners of a Frenchman, from which nation he had his descent.

You may safely confide in him and in all he would advice you to confide in.


[1]   Helen L. Allen, ``A Sketch of the Dubois Family, Pioneers of Indiana and Illinois,'' Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, V (April, 1912), 62-63. Neither fragment is dated, but the second is described as being in a letter of recommendation written while Lincoln was a candidate for the presidency. No further reference to the documents has been found.

To---Edwards [1]

Will Mr. Edwards please attend to this case, and notify me?



[1]   ALS, THaroL. Lincoln's note has been removed from the attendant papers. Mr. Edwards may have been Ninian W. Edwards.

Endorsement [1]

. . . He was one of Col. Ellsworth's nearest friends, & is a good officer.


[1]   Parke-Bernet Catalog 134, October 25, 1939, No. 244. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's endorsement appears on a letter of Isaac N. Arnold concerning an army appointment for E. M. Ellsworth. E. M. Ellsworth has not been identified. The initials may be in error for Edward A. Ellsworth; see Lincoln to Cameron, August 8, 1861, supra (IV, 479).

Endorsement [2]

Let no merely technical objection stand in the way of payment.



[1]   The Flying Quill, January-March, 1952, No. 19. According to the catalog description, this undated endorsement appears following a memorandum by John G. Nicolay concerning a citizen (unnamed) seeking pay for his services, written on Executive Mansion stationery, 1862.

Page  423

Endorsement [3]

poem---I like this


[1]   Herndon, II, 321. According to Herndon, Lincoln's endorsement was written on an envelope containing a copy of Charles Mackay's poem ``The Enquiry,'' and addressed to Lincoln ``in an unmistakable female hand.'' No trace has been found of the original.

To Gustavus V. Fox [1]

Will Mr. Fox please call and see me at once. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, RPB.

To Friends of Missing Persons [1]

To the friends of missing persons; Miss Clara Barton has kindly offered to search for the missing prisoners of War. Please address her at Annapolis, Maryland giving name, regiment, and company of any missing prisoner. A. LINCOLN


[1]   Corra Bacon-Foster, ``Clara Barton, Humanitarian,'' Records of Columbia Historical Society, XXI (1918), 296. No trace of the original manuscript of this item has been found.

To Charles S. Hempstead and Elihu B. Washburne [1]


Enclosed is a draft for the pension of Victoria Crowder. On your urgent request, and merely to oblige you, I have retained $2.00 out of it. Yours as ever A. LINCOLN


[1]   Copy, ISLA. This letter, probably written to the law firm of Hempstead & Washburne, was formerly among the papers of Elihu B. Washburne, but its present location is unknown. Victoria Crowder has not been identified.

To Thomas H. Hicks [1]

The lady who is making application is not known to me but I would be pleased if she could find a suitable position.



[1]   Copy, ISLA.

Page  424

To Joseph Holt [1]

Come at 7, this evening.


[1]   AE, DLC. Lincoln's endorsement appears on the back of Joseph Holt's card on which Holt had written: ``I find it necessary to leave for St. Louis tomorrow. Could the Prest indicate an hour this evening or night at which he would see me.'' It was probably written prior to Holt's appointment as judge advocate general, September 3, 1862.

Henry C. Kerr [1]

This is filed as an application by Capt H. C. Kerr, to be Provost-Marshall of the in [sic] Judge Kelly's Dist. Penn.


[1]   AE, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement has been removed from the attendant papers. Henry C. Kerr's appointment as captain of the Veteran Reserve Corps, as of May 29, 1863, was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 1864, but no reference has been found to his appointment as provost marshal.

To James H. Lane [1]

Will Senator Lane please excuse me tonight? A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, owned by Mrs. A. D. Johnson, Lawrence, Kansas. Lincoln's note appears on James H. Lane's calling card.

List of Names [1]

Bishop McIlvaine

Judge Otto

Barney Williams

Lady at Baltimore

Gen. Haupt.


[1]   AD, THaroL. There is no clue to the significance of this list.

To Montgomery C. Meigs [1]

Tad wishes to see Gen. Meigs about getting cloth caps for the . . . .


[1]   Parke-Bernet Catalog 1352, May 27, 1952, No. 188. According to the catalog description, this incomplete text is from an autograph note signed, including the signature of Thomas ``Tad'' Lincoln certified by James W. Somers.

Memorandum [1]

When you can't find it any where else look into this


[1]   AD, PHi. Herndon relates the following: ``Lincoln had always on the top of our desk a bundle of papers into which he slipped anything he wished to keepPage  425

and afterwards refer to. It was a receptacle of general information. Some years ago, on removing the furniture from the office, I took down the bundle and blew from the top the liberal coat of dust that had accumulated thereon. Immediately underneath the string was a slip bearing this endorsement, in his hand: ``When you can't find it anywhere else, look in [sic] this.'' (Herndon, II, 315n.).

Order [1]

Let these boots go through to Richmond immediately, as directed.



[1]   New York Sun, February 12, 1934. According to the newspaper article, Lincoln wrote this order on a small card at the request of Green Clay Smith for Mrs. Lindsey Hamilton, whose brother, a Confederate soldier wounded in the ankle, needed the specially made boots to prevent his becoming a permanent cripple.

Order Concerning Edward W. Kinsley [1]

To All Officers of the Army of the Potomac:

You will allow the bearer, Mr. Edward W. Kinsley, to pass inside our lines at whatever time he may choose and at any point he may desire, and officers will see that he has proper escort.



[1]   Bowdoin S. Parker, History of Edward W. Kinsley Post No. 113, Department of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic . . . (Norwood, Massachusetts, 1913), p. 144. This order is without date in the source, but the time is indicated as the latter part of the war, when Kinsley, a Boston merchant, was the confidential agent of Governor John A. Andrew.

Pardon of Doll Jack [1]

The Doll Jack is pardoned by order of the President.



[1]   Julia Taft Bayne, Tad Lincoln's Father (1931), p. 137. For circumstances, see the source.

O. H. Platt [1]

O. H. Platt, trying to resign an office which he does not hold.


[1]   AE, DLC-Nicolay Papers. Lincoln's endorsement has been cut from an envelope. Orville H. Platt, a lawyer and legislator of West Meriden, Connecticut, may have been the man referred to (see Welles' Diary, August 15, 1862), but Obadiah H. Platt of Missouri, appointed additional paymaster, June 1, 1861, and dismissed June 21, 1862, is another possibility.

Page  426

To the Secretary of War [1]

Hon. Sec. of War. Please make the Hospital Chaplaincy appointment for Senator Foot which he asks for. Yours truly,



[1]   Carnegie Book Shop Catalog 142, May, 1949, No. 250. According to the catalog description, this is an autograph letter signed.

To the Secretary of War [2]

Sec. of War. Please see Mr. Edwards a moment. A.L.


[1]   American Art Association Catalog, April 11-12, 1922, No. 491. Mr. Edwards may have been Ninian W. Edwards.

To William H. Seward [1]

Sec. of State, please see Mrs. Handy & send her out of the country if you can. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   ALS, NAuE. Lincoln's undated note appears on a card with an envelope endorsed by Seward, ``Note to Mrs. Handy/For self/84 North Charles Street/& 3 children/Baltimore, Md.''

To William H. Seward [2]

I know nothing of the gentleman recommend[ed] within; but the lady (Mrs. Walworth) in whose hands I find the paper is an old friend and acquaintance, and I would like for her to to [sic] be obliged, in the way named, or some similar one.



[1]   AES, NAuE. Lincoln's undated endorsement has been removed from attendant papers. A bracketed date in pencil, ``March, 1861,'' has been added by someone. Mrs. Walworth was probably Sarah Ellen (Smith) Hardin, the widow of John J. Hardin, who in 1851 had married Reuben H. Walworth, member of congress (1821-1823) and chancellor of New York (1828-1848).

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Has anything been heard from Buell lately? Is anything being done for East Tennessee? A. LINCOLN


[1]   Anderson Galleries Catalog 1270, January 25, 1917, No. 196. According to the catalog description, this undated autograph note is written in pencil on a card. It was probably written during September, 1862, when General Don C. Buell was attempting to check General Braxton Bragg's invasion of Tennessee.

Page  427

To Edwin M. Stanton [2]

If approved by the Secretary of War I request the court to turn the arms within mentioned over to United States Ordnance Department.


[1]   Copy, ISLA. No further description available.

To Edwin M. Stanton [3]

Please see Mr. Goggin. A. L


[1]   AES, owned by Van Dyk MacBride, Newark, New Jersey. Lincoln's endorsement appears on a printed envelope to ``The Secretary of War,'' which is also endorsed by Stanton: ``Mr Goggin/ Application to bring person from Richmond.'' William L. Goggin had served in congress with Lincoln in 1847-1849.

To Lyman Trumbull [1]



[1]   AE, NHi. Lincoln's endorsement appears on an empty envelope addressed to President Lincoln by Senator Lyman Trumbull.

Elias T. Turney [1]

We take pleasure in certifying that Hon. Elias T. Turney is a gentleman of good moral character. A. LINCOLN,



[1]   Howard F. Dyson, ``Lincoln in Rushville,'' Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society (1903), p. 225. Turney was an applicant for a license to practice law. No record has been found of his admission to practice.

To Gideon Welles [d]

Secretary Welles,---

The United States don't need the services of boys who disobey their parents. Let both Snyder and Ratcliffe be discharged.



[1]   Tracy, p. 237. Snyder and Ratcliffe have not been identified.

To Gideon Welles (?) [e]

No remark, except I was informed the vessel had proceeded to sea yesterday. Now she is to go to-day. A.L.


[1]   ADS, NHi. Lincoln's note is written on a small card.

Page  428

To Gideon Welles [f]

. . . desires to have a portion of the Marine force. Let him have it at once, unless you think there is some insuperable objection, in which case call and see me at once. Yours truly A. LINCOLN


[1]   Stan. V. Henkels Catalog 1342, January 4, 1924, No. 37. According to the catalog description the upper portion of this autograph letter has been destroyed by fire.

To Whom It May Concern [1]

To Whom It May Concern:

On application of the Sisters of Mercy in charge of the Military Hospital in Washington furnish such provisions as they desire to purchase, and charge same to the War Department.



[1]   Ellen Ryan Jolly, Nuns of the Battlefield (1927), p. 245. The original manuscript has not been found.

To Whom It May Concern [2]

To Whom It May Concern:

On application of the Sisters of Mercy of Chicago, furnish such provisions as they desire to purchase and charge the same to the War Department. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.


[1]   Ellen Ryan Jolly, Nuns of the Battlefield (1927), p. 236. The original manuscript has not been found.

To Mrs. W. C. Williams [1]

I only know by the despatch from Camp Chase, which Mrs. W. has. A.L.


[1]   Anderson Galleries Catalog 2193, November 15, 1927, No. 290; Swann Auction Galleries Catalog, March 3, 1949, No. 235. The second source gives the text of the note to which Lincoln replied: ``Will President Lincoln please give me the name of the Commandant at Camp Chase. MRS. W. C. WILLIAMS.''

--- Woodruff [1]

Mr. Woodruff personally tells me he has tried the business and knows he can succeed . . . thinks someone should be appointed at once.


[1]   The Flying Quill, January-February, 1951, No. 18. According to the catalog description, Lincoln's endorsement appears on an envelope addressed to ``His Excellency, A. Lincoln, President of United States.'' Mr. Woodruff has not been identified.

Page  429

To the People of Sangamon County [1]

Fellow Citizens:

I have this moment been shown a handbill signed ``Truth Teller,'' in which my name is done up in large capitals. No one can doubt the object of this attack at this late hour. An effort is now made to show that John T. Stuart and myself opposed the passage of the bill by which the Wiggins loan was paid. The handbill says---``The only vote taken on the bill when the yeas and nays were taken, was upon engrossing the bill for a third reading.'' That's a lie. Let the reader refer to pages, 124, 125 & 126 of the Journal, [2] and he will see that the yeas and nays were taken twice upon the bill after the vote referred to by this lying Truth Teller. And he will also see that my course toward the bill was anything but unfriendly. It is impossible to make a lengthy answer at this late hour. All I have to say is that the author is a liar and a scoundrel, and that if he will avow the authorship to me, I promise to give his proboscis a good wringing. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   Copy, IHi. This copy is in the handwriting of Joseph Wallace who states in a postscript that it is a ``copy of an Election Handbill issud by Mr Lincoln . . . found among the old papers of the late Archer G. Herndon of Springfield [Illinois]. It is without date, but was probably issued on the eve of the [congressional] election in 1836.'' Another copy in Wallace's handwriting is owned by Mrs. Edna Orendorff Macpherson, Springfield, Illinois.

[2]   House Journal, Dec. 22, 1835.