For the sake of my conscience

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A guilty conscience caused the following anonymous letter to be sent to the Secretary of the Treasury in 1899, over thirty years after the Civil War in which this hungry Union soldier managed to secure an extra loaf of bread at mealtime. As you can see, the enclosed dollar - a healthy sum of money at that time - was indeed deposited.



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To the Secretary of the
Treasury Washington D.C.

While in the army in 1863 at one time when there was bread being distributed I managed to get two loaves when I suppose it was intended for each person to only have one, therefore in order to satisfy a reproving concience I remit one dollar which I suppose will cover the amt, with compound int, which please drop in the treasury.

$1 deposited
Conscience
March of 99