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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Lincoln endorsement on letter concerning the remains of Captain W. G. Hewins]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01195 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph endorsement signed Date: 18 May 1863 Pagination: 2 p. ; 26 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

Lincoln note written on a letter by the Governor of Massachusetts, John A. Andrew, dated 13 May 1863 from Boston. The letter is addressed to "All Officers in Command, of the United States, or of Volunteers," asking that Mr. Gibbs, who is bringing home the remains of Captain W. G. Hewins, receive all proper courtesies while on his journey. Lincoln's signed note on the second page reads, "Secretary of War please see Mr. Gibbs, with this letter from Gov. Andrew." Also with an autograph note signed by Major General Joseph Hooker and dated 21 May 1863, to Colonel Ingalls requesting that he ask Captain Pearce if Captain Hewins remains have been received.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Executive Department.
Boston, May 13th 1863.
To all Officers in Command, of the United States or of Volunteers.
I desire to commend Mr. O. C. Gibbs, a loyal citizen of Massachusetts, who goes from here for the purpose of bringing home the remains of Captain W. G. Hewins, late of the 18th Regt Mass. Vols. I ask for him all proper courtesies and facilities for the attainment of his object.
John A. Andrew
Governor of Massachusetts.
[2] Secretary of War please see Mr. Gibbs, with this letter from Gov. Andrew.
May 18. 1863. A. Lincoln
Col. Ingalls
Will you inquire of Capt. Pearce or [illegible] of [illegible] if the remains of Capt Hewins have been received [illegible] & [illegible] & let me know
J. Hooker [clerical signature]
Capt Pearce will furnish the bearer with every facility to accomplish his mission
Joseph Hooker
May 21

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Andrew, John Albion, 1818-1867
Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879
Hewins, W. G., fl. 1863

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