May 19, 1863

Millard Fillmore Writes Abraham Lincoln Asking For a Favor; On the Back of the Letter, Lincoln Takes Steps to Oblige Him

Autograph Endorsement Signed
1 page
SMC 1065
Proving, again, that politics makes strange bedfellows, Fillmore asks a favor of Lincoln concerning a nephew in disgrace. In November 1861, Lincoln helped Fillmore’s young kinsman, George M. Fillmore, land a lieutenancy; now, two years later, the ex-President writes to say that Lieutenant Fillmore has been cashiered “for alleged intemperance and inefficiency.” Fillmore explains that his nephew disputes the charges, and can disprove them “if he can be restored so as to have a court of inquiry.”

On the verso of Fillmore’s letter, Lincoln directs the Judge Advocate General to examine and report upon the case. “The young man” he notes succinctly, “is nephew of Ex. President Fillmore.”  The report was duly made – its contents, at this juncture, unknown - and on May 25th, Judge Advocate General Holt received word from Lincoln’s secretary John G. Nicolay, that the President would take no action on matter.
Autograph Endorsement Signed (“A. Lincoln”), 1 page, octavo, on the verso of a 3 page MILLARD FILLMORE Autograph Letter Signed to Lincoln datelined Buffalo, May 16, 1863; no place, May 19, 1863, to the Judge Advocate General, Joseph Holt.
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