President Lincoln Tries to Do Favors for Friends

January 31, 1863

President Lincoln uses Saturday’s respite to promote the interests of friends.  He writes Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs regarding a Springfield attorney: “The bearer of this, Mr. James C. Conkling, is successor to Mr. Thomas H. Campbell, now deceased, as agent to adjust accounts with this government for the State of Illinois. He has ample business qualifications, is entirely trustworthy; and with all is my personal friend of long standing. Please see & hear him.”

President Lincoln writes Commissary General Joseph P. Taylor: “Please see the bearer, Edward D. Baker, who is a son of my old friend Col. Baker, who fell at Ball’s Bluff. He is now a first Lieut. in the 4th. U.S. Cavalry, and has been serving as Adjutant of the Regiment. He was in the battles of Perryville, and Murfreesboro. He now wishes to be a Commissary with the rank of Captain, and if you can inform me that he can be made such consistently with the rules of the service, I will oblige him.”

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