Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Thomas E. Bramlette [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Gov. Bramlette War Department,
Frankfort, Ky. Washington, D.C., Nov. 10 1864.

Yours of yesterday received. I can scarcely believe that Gen. Jno. B. Houston has been arrested ``for no other offence than oppositionPage  99 to my re-election'' for if that had been deemed sufficient cause of arrest, I should have heard of more than one arrest in Kentucky on election day. If however, Gen. Houston has been arrested for no other cause than opposition to my re-election Gen. Burbridge will discharge him at once, I sending him a copy of this as an order to that effect. A. LINCOLN.

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 233. Governor Bramlette telegraphed Lincoln on November 9, 1864: ``Genl Jno B. Houston, a loyal man and prominent citizen was arrested and yesterday started off by Genl Burbridge to be sent beyond our lines by way of Catlettsburg for no other offence than opposition to your reelection. . . . You are doubtless reelected, but surely it cannot sanction this ostracising of loyal men who honestly opposed you'' (DLC-RTL). See Lincoln to Burbridge, infra.