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

To Richard L. Ferguson [1]

R. L. Ferguson Executive Mansion
Provost-Marshal Washington,
Warrensburg, Mo Jan. 7. 1865.

Suspend, until further order, proceedings to enforce a bong [2] given by Hicklin, Hicklin & Spratt. It is not my view of the law that Provost-Marshals are to decide whether bonds are or are not forfeited. A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 280. No reply or further reference has been found.

[2]   In appearance this word cannot well be anything but ``bong,'' but Lincoln probably intended to write ``bond.''