To Henry M. Rice 
Hon. Henry M. Rice Washington City,
St. Paul, Minn. Nov. 24 1864
Have suspended execution of deserters named in your despatch, until further order from here. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 246. Henry M. Rice, former U.S. senator from Minnesota, and Governor Stephen A. Miller telegraphed on November 23, 1864: ``We respectfully apply for postponement of execution for thirty (30) days of Patrick Kelly John Lennon Joel H Eastwood Thomas J Murray & John Hoffman five (5) deserters now under sentence of death at Fort Snelling'' (DLC-RTL).