Joseph Coolidge to Bennett Taylor, with postscript by Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge

dear Sir,

An application properly signed by Officers and Senators has been presented to the secretary of war, for your exchange; or liberation on parole. This has been endorsed by the Secretary of the navy, and by the Commissary General of Prisoners, as also, I believe, by major General Halleck. It was urged on the ground of your relationship to the late President Jefferson, as well as from the fact that family connections of yours have been known to have rendered services to Colo Lee, Colo Revere, and Dr Revere, when confined in the Libby prison, as Union officers.

I hope we may be successful; if not we shall make further efforts thro. Major General Butler.

I remain, Yours,
Joseph Coolidge

I trust, my dear Bennett, that the efforts which are making for your exchange may prove successful. I have heard nothing lately from your friends.

affectionately your aunt,
Ellen W. Coolidge
RC (photocopy in ViU: Bennett Taylor Papers); addressed: “To—Capt Bennett Taylor: 19 Regt Va Infy.—Johnson’s Isld”; with note on verso in unknown hand: “Rec Dec 24, 1864.”