[LINCOLN, ABRAHAM] Petition, dated July 26th, 1864.
Addressed to Edward M. Stanton, as Secretary of War, signed by J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey, requesting the appointment of Edward Z. Laurence as Commissar of Subsistance [sic] in the Volunteer Army of the United States; endorsed by Abraham Lincoln "Let the appointment/be made, if his service/can be made useful/A Lincoln/Aug. 17 1864" in black ink. 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (32 x 20 cm), two leaves on ruled paper, the petition occupying a single page, written in a formal hand, with multiple endorsements on the recto and verso; Lincoln's endorsement on the blank verso of the affixed sheet. Usual folds, some toning to the sheet with Lincoln's endorsement, several small faint stains on the sheet with the Lincoln endorsement, the signature strong but with some minor smudging to the body of the text,.
Laurence, at the time of the petition, was acting as a clerk to Captain George H. Weir of the Third Brigade, first Division, Fifth Corps, in the office of the Commissary of Subsistance. We find record of Laurence's appointment as a Captain in the Commissary office in the 1865 Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate, Volume 38, Issue 2, part 1, and he was listed as a casualty, mustered out (under the spelling Lawrence, but as a Captain and Brevet Major in the Commissary of Substance, so almost certainly the same) on October 26, 1865 in the Army Register.
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