Washington, July 21, 1864.
Hon. Sec. of Treasury
My dear Sir.
The bearer of this is a most estimable widow lady1, at whose house I boarded many years ago when a member of Congress. She now is very needy; & any employment suitable to a lady could not be bestowed on a more worthy person.
1 The “widow lady'” was Mrs. Ann G. (Thornton) Sprigg, who received an appointment as clerk in the loan branch of the Treasury Department.
SOURCE: Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 7, p. 454