Frederick Douglass Charles W. Foster, August 24, 1863
FREDERICK DOUGLASS TO CHARLES W. FOSTER
Rochester[, N.Y.] 24 August 1863.
C. W. FOSTER:
ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL
WAR DEPARTMENT. ADJUTANT GENERALS, OFFICE.
WASHINGTON D. C.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your official favour of the
21st instant1Douglass accurately characterizes the content of the letter sent him by Charles W. Foster, dated 21 August 1863. General Correspondence File, reel 1, frames 842—843L, FD Papers, DLC. —written under the direction of Honorable E. M. Stanton2Edwin M. Stanton. Secretary of war in reply to a note from me, written on the 17th instant3Douglass alludes to his letter to Stanton dated 17 August 1863, published earlier in this volume. inquiring of the war Department—“upon what conditions” I was expected
to enter the Service of recruiting Colored Troops in the South west under
Adjutant General Thomas.4Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas.
I beg most respectfully to State that since the War Department 1s
pleased to understand my inquiry as referring only to remuneration and
further, assures me that it is informed that I am to be paid by Major
George L Stearns, I Shall Consider my self at Liberty to Correspond with
that Gentleman directly, both as to the position I shall hold and the remu-
neration I shall receive in the recruiting service of the U. States.
I am, Sir, Respectfully Your Most Obedt. Ser.t
ALS: Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1762-1984, DNA.