Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Executive Mansion, Washington,
Major General Ord. Jan. 19. 1865.

You have a man in arrest for desertion passing by the name of Stanley---William Stanley I think---but whose real name is different. He is the son of so close a friend of mine that I must not let him be executed. Please let me know what is his present and prospective condition. A. LINCOLN