Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Lieut. General Grant Executive Mansion
City-Point, Va. Washington Jan. 31. 1865

A messenger is coming to you on the business contained in your despatch. Detain the gentleman in comfortable quarters until he arrives & then act upon the message he brings, as far as applicable,Page  250 it having been made up to pass through Gen. Ord's hands, & when the gentlemen were supposed to be beyond our lines.

A. LINCOLN