No special news from the army in front. Kisses for you and the children. Tell Jess he may kiss the young ladies for me.
Feb.y 3d 186
HON. H. WILSON,
CHAIRMAN COM. ON MIL. AFFAIRS,
UNITED STATES SENATE,
WASHINGTON CITY, D. C.
Among the unemployed General Officers reported to the Senate my attention has been called to the name of Brig. Gen. Robt. Allen, Principal Quartermaster in the West. It is true General Allen has not had command of troops in the field, but his duties have been much more arduous, and much more important to the Government, than that of an Army Corps commander, and involving greater responsibilities. Gen. Allen exercises a supervising controll over a number of Commissioned officers, and Citizen employees of the Government, greater than that of any Corps Commanmander in the Army. His pecuniary responsibilities runs into Millions monthly. All his duties have been performed wi[th] a promptness and fidelity redounding to his credit and greatly to the interest of the public service and the Government. To have these duties to perform with less rank than Brigadier General would be hard indeed.
Allow me to ask your aid for the retention of Gen. Allen, with his present rank. If there was any pressident for it I would feel no