Research for Our Tenacity of Faith Volume Two
Washington, D. C., October 21, 1861.
Rt. Rev. Sir: 1 am sure you will pardon me if, in my ignorance, 1 do not address you
with technical correctness. I find no law
authorizing the appointment of chaplains for our hospitals, and yet the services of
chaplains are more needed, perhaps, in hospitals than with the healthy soldiers in the
field. With this view I have given a sort of quasi appointment (a copy of which I
enclose) to each of three Protestant ministers, who have accepted and entered upon the
duties. If you perceive no objection I will thank yon to give me the name or names of
one or more suitable persons of the Catholic Church to whom I may with propriety
tender the same service.
Many thanks for your kind and judicious letters to
Governor Seward, and which he regularly allows me the
pleasure and profit of perusing.
With the highest respect. Your obedient servant,