ALS, RPB. Lincoln's note is on a small card pasted on a letter from William Price, Baltimore, January 4, 1865:
``John T. Arnett is represented by his sisters as being a prisoner in Fort Delaware, having been a soldier in the army of the rebels, and captured with a rebel uniform on, at the time. These ladies say, that you promised to release their brother, if they would satisfy you of the truth of their statement, that they have two brothers in the land & naval service of the U. States and three first cousins in the same service.
``I am satisfied from the evidence adduced to me that their statement is correct, of which however you will be able to judge from the the [sic] depositions I have caused to be taken, & the other papers they will present to you.''