Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

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[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 185. See Lincoln to Johnson, September 7, supra. On September 27, Jordan Stokes and T. A. Keicherd telegraphed Lincoln from Nashville: ``We as the counsel for Jesse A Broadway who is sentenced to be hung at this city on next Friday the thirtieth inst would state that owing to the distance which the witnesses & friends live we have been unavoidably delayed in procuring the testimony which we desired to forward to you in his behalf. As the time is now too short for the papers in the case to reach you we therefore would most Respectfully ask . . . to extend the time for five or ten (10) days until the papers shall have reached you. We prove unconditionally that the said Jesse A Broadway was not present or in any way concerned with the crimes for which he stands charged. All of which your Excellency will see upon the arrival of the papers. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).Page  29

On October 13 John Hay telegraphed Miller: ``The sentence of Jesse Broad way has been commuted by the President to imprisonment at hard labor for three years.'' (DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 203).