Apparently. this letter and the subsequent one dated October 21 are concerned with the extradition to New York of Joseph Thornton, Andrew Pringle, Samuel Stead, and John Davidson. Governor Augustus C. French of Illinois declinedPage 406
to award his warrant for the apprehension of the parties named, on the very ground suggested in Lincoln's letter---namely, the insufficiency of the affidavit upon which the purported fugitives from justice were demanded. See Governor's Letter-Books, 1840-1853, edited by Evarts B. Greene and Charles M. Thompson (1911), pp. 146-47.
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