Washington DC: c. June 1862. Attractively framed (16” x 20”) with a large reproduction of Matthew Brady’s iconic, seated, photographic pose and a BEP engraving of the Lincoln Memorial. Six lines, nineteen words in the hand of The Great Emancipator, 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. 6" x 3" envelope printed State of Connecticut, Executive Department. "Charles C. C. Painter wants to be hospital chaplain - Is warmly recommended by Henry Hopkins to take his place at Alexandria" endorsed on the opposite end of the envelope, "the above is Abraham Lincoln's writing / Wm. H. Crook". Attractively framed (16" x 21") with an iconic reproduction of Matthew Brady photo and a B.E.P. engraving of the Lincoln Monument.
Provenance: In the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN is a letter from Henry Hopkins to Lincoln. It reads, "General Hospital / Alexandria VA / June 16th 1862 - Mr. President The application of Rev. C. C. C. Painter of Virginia, which some time since you endorsed on the back of a letter from Gov. Buckingham of Conn - for a Hospital Chaplaincy desires in my humble opinion your favorable notice. Nine months in the work, and an acquaintance of eight years with him ennoble to say that he is just the man for the place. Besides, by his loyalty he is cut off from all his resources. With my great respect, Yr. most obedient servant Henry Hopkins". Along with this letter on file includes a list of references for Painter: 'Letters from President [Mark] Hopkins of Williams College, and the Faculty of the Theological Institute of Connecticut recommending Rev. C.C.C. Painter of Drapers Valley, Va for a hospital chaplain, Letter from Gov. Buckingham of Conn. endorsed by the President on file, Letter from Rev. H. Hopkins, hospital chaplain, Alexandria.' Autograph letter signed (ALS).
This is the envelope referred to in Hopkins letter to the President, giving him an encouraging reminder of Painter's desire for the position and the need for appointment.
Lincoln relieved MG George McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac and his service as Commanding General on March 11, 1862. During this period through July 23, responsibilities of Commanding General were fulfilled by President Lincoln himself. Lincoln was often deluged with both practical and political requests for appointments It would not have been uncommon for Lincoln to be accepting recommendations and acting on them as he had so many important responsibilities at this time.
William H. Crook (1839 – 1915) was one of President Abraham Lincoln's bodyguards and personal couriers. After Lincoln's assassination (Crook was dismissed from his duties for the evening by Lincoln that fateful day), he continued to work in the White House for a total of over 50 years, serving 12 presidents. As he did not join Lincoln's entourage until 1864, it is most likely that his endorsement was as an authenticator of Lincoln's handwriting as this note is not signed.
On April 14, 1865, Crook began his shift at 8 a.m. He was to have been relieved by John Frederick Parker at 4 p.m., but Parker was several hours late. Lincoln had told Crook that he had been having dreams of himself being assassinated for three straight nights. Crook tried to persuade the President not to attend a performance of the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater that night, or at least allow him to go along as an extra bodyguard, but Lincoln said he had promised his wife they would go. As Lincoln left for the theater, he turned to Crook and said "Goodbye, Crook." Before, Lincoln had always said, "Good night, Crook." Crook later recalled: "It was the first time that he neglected to say ‘Good Night’ to me and it was the only time that he ever said ‘Good-bye’. When good friend Ulysses S. Grant became President, he appointed Crook "Executive Clerk of the President of the United States" in 1870, and dispersing agent in 1877, the latter the position he would hold for the rest of his career.
Henry Hopkins (Nov. 1837 – Aug 1908) was an American Congregationalist pastor and President of Williams College. Henry Hopkins grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and graduated from Williams College in 1858, where he was a member of The Kappa Alpha Society. He studied theology at Union Seminary and was ordained as a minister in 1861. Hopkins became president of Williams in 1902, following the service of acting president John Haskell Hewitt, and served until his planned retirement in 1908. He died of pneumonia shortly after retiring while traveling in Rotterdam.
Charles C. Painter (1833-1895) was an American abolitionist, Native American advocate and Congregational minister. The son of a Virginia planter who freed his slaves prior to the Civil War, Painter served on the faculty of Fisk University, dedicated to the education of African Americans. He was a prominent member of the Indian Rights Association. Founded in Philadelphia in 1882, the Indian Rights Association's stated objective was to "bring about the complete civilization of the Indians and their admission to citizenship." The Indian Rights Association also maintained close contacts with Indian agents and with native groups themselves through correspondence and trips to reservations and settlements. Painter made frequent trips to reservations to investigate the actions of Indian Bureau agents and to observe the living and health conditions of Native Americans. Painter personally favored Indian citizenship and the abolition of Indian reservations. He also lobbied heavily for the institution of the Allotment policy introduced by Senator Henry L. Dawes, and passed in 1887 as the Dawes Act. Very fine. Item #1663