Letter from Henry A. Swift in response to Judge Abner Lewis’ (Winona, MN) inquiry regarding appointments of commissioners to oversee absentee votes of soldiers – September 10, 1863
State of Minnesota
Saint paul, Sept 10 1863
Abner Lewis Esq.
Yours of 29th [nst] to Gov Ramsey has just been handed to me. In reply to your inquiry I have to say that no action has as yet been taken by me under the resolution of the last Legislature which authorizes the appointment of four additional Commissioners to take roles of soldiers &c. none now hold the office except those recommended to the Senate at its last session and Confirmed by that body. The appointments were made, of course, by Gov Ramsey. I shall probably deem it necessary to appoint the additional number authorized by [the] Resolution soon.
The Secy of State will write you in regard to the [distribution] to be made of […pes] &c. in your hands.
I am very respectfully
Henry A. Swift
Citation: September 10, 1863, Letter from Henry A. Swift to Abner Lewis. Letters received from Alexander Ramsey and Henry A. Swift, 1863. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2816]