I have just enclosed to you the recommendation of Gov. Sprague that Gen. James B. M. Potter be appointed a Paymaster. Immediately afterwards the Paymaster General called protesting, as I wrote you, against all these appointments being made from civil life. He said however there will be a large number of these appointments to be made for the volunteers. Can we not fill the first two from the Regular Army & then give Gen. Potter a chance?
We owe Rhode Island & Gov. Sprague a good deal because they give us such good troops & no trouble.
June 11. 1861
SOURCE: Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.