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

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion,
Dear Sir Washington, Feb. 27, 1865.

More than a year ago, as I remember, one Hall at Indianapolis was convicted of something in connection with a horse-contract, but Mr. Holt held the conviction to be illegal, and yet you thought the service would suffer by at once announcing the conviction null, and so it has been held along. Senator Hendricks, [2] knowing of Mr. Holt's decision, has frequently been pressing me, until about three months ago I promised, almost, to discharge the case, about this time. Can we not now do it, without detriment to the service? Yours truly A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, IHi. On March 6, Stanton replied: ``In Halls case I am not aware of any objection to his receiving any clemency you may think proper to extend to him.'' (DLC-RTL). AGO General Court Martial Orders No. 119, March 6, 1865, remitted the sentence and discharged Charles W. Hall, citizen, ordered ``To pay . . . a fine of ten thousand dollars, and to be imprisoned . . . `as promulgated in General Orders, No. 186, Headquarters, Department of the Ohio, November 24, 1863.'''

[2]   Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana.