To William R. Morrison

Col. William R. Morrison            Executive Mansion,
Waterloo, Ills.                                Washington, Nov. 5. 1862

Your letter of Sept. 23rd. is this moment received. While your words of kindness are very grateful, your suspicions that I intend you injustice are very painful to me. I assure you such suspicions are groundless. I can not even conjecture what juniors of yours, you suppose I contemplate promoting over you. True, seniority has not been my rule, in this connection; but in considering military merit, it seems to me the world has abundant evidence that I discard politics. A. LINCOLN

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