Letter from Catharine Myers to Abraham Lincoln, Forwarded to Thaddeus Stevens
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To his Excellency
President of the U.S.
Through the Hon. T. Stevens, our member of Congress, I presented to you some time, about the middle or latter part of June last, an application for the discharge of my son, Reuben A. Ditlow, from the service of the U.S. He is a private in Co. âF.â 99th Regt. P.V. Since which, I have heard nothing on the subject.
It is with great reluctance that I now trouble you again on this subject. Knowing the great pressure of public duties upon you, but I still beg you to consider the case of my afflicted boy.
With high Respect
Your Obt. Servant,
Aug. 9, 1864.
If Hon. Thadeus Stevens will say in writing, on this paper, that he wishes this man discharged, I will discharge him.
Aug. 10, 1864.
Aug 13, 1864
This man is weak both in body [and] mind, and I think as he is useless to the government he had better be discharged and returned to his fond and distressed mother.
Pardon [crossed out]
Aug. 18, 1864
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