To Edward Bates 
Attorney General please make out a pardon in this case.
Sep. 14. 1864. A. LINCOLN
 AES, DNA RG 204, U.S. Pardon Attorney, A 549. Lincoln's endorsement is written on a letter of Samuel S. Woods, Lewistown, Maine, September 12, 1864, introducing Mrs. Ellen Contner, who wished to ask a pardon for her son, Albert Contner, ``convicted of manslaughter nearly three years since. . . . The young man volunteered among the first in the defence of Washington . . . & the offence was committed . . . under the influence of liquor. . . .''