To Edwin M. Stanton 
Dear Sir. Washington, Jan. 19, 1865.
You remember that from time to time appeals have been made to us by persons claiming to have attempted to come through our lines with their effects to take the benefit of the Amnesty proclamation, and to have been despoiled of their effects under Gen. Butler's administration. Some of these claims have color of merit, and may be really meritorious. Please consider whether we can not set on foot an investigation, which may advance justice in the premises. Yours truly A. LINCOLN
Jan. 19. 1865.