Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  198

To Edwin M. Stanton [3]

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir Washington, Jan. 4, 1865.

You remember that upon consultation with me you ordered two men arrested by Gen. Wallace to be discharged, and the third, a Mr. Waters, to be held for trial. As Waters is a State Senator elect, I think extra effort to give him a speedy trial should be made, so as to avoid injurious inferrences arising. Please attend to this. Yours truly A LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, owned by Charles C. Harris, New York City. See Lincoln's communications to Wallace, December 19, 1864. On January 5, 1865, a petition signed by Daniel Clarke, Spring Harwood, and others, was submitted to Lincoln:

``The undersigned a committee of Democratic Senators from Maryland, respectfully represent . . .that Levin L. Waters the Senator Elect from Somerset County, is now in confinement in the jail of Baltimore City under the orders of Major General Wallace upon the charge that he `flew the rebel flag from his office for months after the 19th of April 1861'

``This charge . . .we are authorized to deny and we are prepared to disprove. . . .

``The undersigned therefore respectfully ask . . .the release of the said Levin L. Waters. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).

No reply from Stanton has been found. See further Lincoln's telegram to Wallace, January 21, infra.