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Monday, September 19, 1864.+-

Washington, DC.

On behalf of Indiana's Republican Governor Oliver Morton, Lincoln writes to General William T. Sherman seeking the temporary release of some soldiers. Lincoln refers to Indiana's upcoming election and explains, "Indiana is the only important State, voting in October, whose soldiers cannot vote in the field. Any thing you can safely do to let her soldiers, or any part of them, go home and vote at the State election, will be greatly in point. . . . This is, in no sense, an order, but is merely intended to impress you with the importance, to the army itself, of your doing all you safely can." Abraham Lincoln to William T. Sherman, 19 September 1864, CW, 8:11-12.

Explains to Cong. John C. Ten Eyck (N.J.): "Dr. J. R. Freese, now editor of a leading Union Journal in New Jersey, . . . is somewhat wounded with me now, that I do not recognize him as he thinks I ought. I wish to appoint him a Provost-Marshal in your State. May I have your approval?" Abraham Lincoln to John C. Ten Eyck, 19 September 1864, CW, 8:12.