President Lincoln Catches up on Correspondence

October 6, 1862

A perplexed president writes Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase regarding a bundle of papers: “If the Sec. of the Treasury can tell what this means it is more than I can.”   Lincoln is also perplexed about another case.  He pens a memorandum regarding “Argument of  Walker & [Frederick P.] Stanton as to the Conclusive Character of the Decision of the Accounting Officers of the Treasury, under the Act of 1789, and Especially of the Third Auditor under the Act of Third of March, 1849, Submitted in the Case of J. & R. H. Porter ,” written by former Mississipppi Governor Robert J. Walker: “Mr. Walker tells me verbally that Mr. [John] Crittenden, Mr. Cushing[,] Mr. [Edward] Bates, have severally given opinions adverse to his within, the latter of which was given since this, without the knowledge of this, as Mr. W. understands; and the two former, were unknown to Mr. W. when he prepared this.”

President Lincoln writes Secretary of State William H. Seward: “Respectfully submitted to the Secretary of State, with the remark that for some time I have desired to find a place for Mr. [John B.] Kerr,” a Maryland resident to whom he hoped to give a diplomatic post in Latin America.   Lincoln writes Assistant Surgeon General Joseph R. Smith: “ Assistant Surgeon General please see Dr. Stipp. He says he is ordered to Gen. Mc.Clellan’s camp while his preparations—tools, so to speak—are at Corinth, Miss. Not intending to interfere by an order, I still would be glad if he could be sent to Corinth.”

Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton and Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P.  Chase ask for the furlough of Indiana soldiers so they can  vote in crucial state elections.

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