Washington, Dec. 1. 1864.
I have stated that if either Mr. James Speed, or Joshua F. Speed, will say in writing on this sheet that he has inquired into the cases of John H. Schramm, and C. T. Smith, and that he believes they or either of them ought to be discharged, on return of the paper I will order the discharge accordingly on the taking of the oath.
Let these two men Smith & Schramm be discharged on taking the oath of December 8. 1863. A. LINCOLN
Dec. 10. 1864