Too Many Aides

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Fort Monroe Apl 27th 1862 4 P.M. Recd Apl 27
Hon Stanton Col Havelock called on me
this morning with Col Hicks of
the English army the former represented
that you are anxious to have
Col Hicks appointed on my staff
I would be greatly gratified to
do any thing to oblige you
It is however due to myself
to you and the country to
say that I have now several
aids more than I require J.E. Wool

Apparently there is such a thing as too much help. Perhaps the Union government thought that General Wool, as the oldest general serving on either side of the war, born in  1784, required more help than most. Clearly they were mistaken, as this message rejecting the appointment of yet another aide (this one from the English army!) indicates.

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