To John P. Slough 
Gen. Slough, War Department,
Alexandria, Va Washington, D.C., Sep. 16, 1864.
On the 14th. I commuted the sentence of Conly, but fearing you may not have received notice I send this. Do not execute him.
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 170. See Lincoln to Smith, September 8, supra. General Slough's telegram, dated September 15 and marked as received on September 15, 9:35 A.M., reads: ``I recd in due time the notification that Conleys sentence had been commuted by you & will act accordingly'' (DLC-RTL).