Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Mrs. Faulkner: [2] Executive Mansion,
Madam Washington, Jany. 9. 1865.

It was with regret I learned that your brother, whom I had ordered to be discharged on taking the oath, under the impression that he was a private, is a captain. By an understanding the Commissary of prisoners detains such cases until a further hearing from me. I now distinctly say that if your Father shall come within our lines and take the oath of Dec. 8. 1863, I will give him a full pardon, and will, at the same time, discharge your brother on his taking the oath, notwithstanding he is a captain. Respectfully

A. LINCOLN.