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

To Adoniram J. Warner [1]

Executive Mansion Washington
Col. Warner---Indianapolis, Ia. Dec. 30. 1864

It is said that you were on the Court-Martial that tried John Lennan, and that you are disposed to advise his being pardoned and sent to his regiment. If this be true, telegraph me to that effect at once. A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 275. See Lincoln to Warner, December 22, supra. Colonel Adoniram J. Warner replied on the same day: ``I do not advise that Jno Lenon be pardoned and sent to his regt he enlisted under a false name & I believe with the intention of deserting after drawing his bounty. In consideration however of his age & his conduct since his trial I could recommend that his sentence be commuted to hard labor for life'' (DLC-RTL).