July 11th, 1862
HON. E. B. WASHBURNE
Permit me to introduce to you, Mr. F. S. Richards, a citizen of Memphis, who visits Washington for the purpose of securing the position of Collector for this Port.
Mr. Richards is one of the few citizens of Memphis, who have held firm for the Union, throughout all its trials.
I feel that this class of our brethern are entitled to considerations, and most heartily recommend him to the authorities of Washington.
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
Copy, DLC-Andrew Johnson. On July 8, 1862, James S. Wilkins and twelve other citizens of Memphis petitioned President Abraham Lincoln to appoint F. S. Richards surveyor of the port of Memphis. On July 11, USG endorsed this petition. "Mr F. S Richards. has been represented to me by the best men of this city of Union proclivities, as one who has sustained the Federal Government in all its trials and as being a man of fine business qualifications and integrity." Copy, ibid. On Aug. 29, Richards wrote to Governor Andrew Johnson asking for his support as applicant for the position of postmaster at Memphis. ALS, ibid. On Sept. 22, he wrote to Postmaster Gen. Montgomery Blair applying for the position of postmaster at Memphis. ALS, ibid.
BY TELEGRAPH FROM Columbus [July] 13 1862
To BRIG GEN A P HOVEY
Should information be received from Curtis telegraph it to me at Corinth I sent two 2 Couriers to Try & reach him who