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  • Letter from Catharine Myers to Abraham Lincoln, Forwarded to Thaddeus Stevens

    This letter from Catherine Myers to Abraham Lincoln requests that her son be discharged from the army. Lincoln forwarded the letter to Thaddeus Stevens, who approved the discharge. Lincoln was regularly sent requests for discharges and pardons. This can be seen in the last section of this item, where Lincoln initially wrote "Pardon," but then crossed it out and wrote "Discharged."

  • Letter of appointment from Abraham Lincoln for George Harrington

    This letter from Abraham Lincoln appoints George R. Harrington, the Assistant Secretary of Treasury, to serve as Secretary during the absense of Salmon P. Chase. This letter is unusual in that Lincoln signed it whith his full name, rather than "A. Lincoln," as was his habit.

  • Recommendation Letter to Abraham Lincoln for R.K. Williams

    This letter to Lincoln recommends R.K. Williams be appointed to a federal judgeship.

  • Letter to Abraham Lincoln from Sarah Gurley

    This letter to Abraham Lincoln was written Sarah Gurley, the widow of John A. Gurley, a representative from Ohio whom Lincoln had appointed Governor of the Arizona territory prior to his death. Sarah Gurley is writing on behalf of her nephew, Joel Gurley, whom she feels has been passed over for promotions at the Treasury Department because of his lack of political connections.