May 4, 1861: Millard Fillmore wrote:
Transcription of the letter:
From Millard Fillmore to Abraham Lincoln, May 4, 1861
Buffalo May 4, 1861.
My Dear Sir,
The bearer, Dr. Martin Mayer, a Stranger to me, has asked of me a letter of Introduction to your Excellency, and produced such high proofs of character, that I do not feel at liberty to refuse it; and therefore while I decline any interference, in any appointment he may desire, (which is my uniform practice) I desire simple to ask that he may be heard.
One must wonder whether this letter convinced President Lincoln to meet with Dr. Mayer, and what the conversation was if they did. Surely there is some record of who met with Lincoln, no?
Update: Be sure to see the comments of J. A. Higginbotham, below; he’s found a book that refers to the career of Dr. Mayer during the Civil War and after. Heckuva a sleuthing job.
- The Last Whig in the White House (cbruni5.wordpress.com)
- Miller Center on the American Presidency, notes on finding papers of Millard Fillmore
- Fillmore papers at the University of Buffalo
- Letters to Millard Fillmore, at the Oswego Library (there are some weird ones here!)