To Andrew Johnson 
Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 1, 1864.
I am applied to for the release of Alexander B. Kinney, John P. Carter, and Samuel A. Owens. Your name commending their application to favorable consideration, is on the papers. If you will say directly that you think they ought to be discharged I will discharge them. Answer. A. LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 251. The telegram is marked by the telegraph clerk ``sent 12.35 pm.'' Governor Johnson replied on December 3, 1864: ``From Representation made to me by persons of reliability & loyalty I should have no hesitancy in releasing Alex B Ramsay [sic], John B [sic] Carter & Saml A Owen the Prisoners named in your dispatch'' (DLC-RTL).