To William Hoffman 
Col. Hoffman please see & hear this lady & oblige her if it can be consistently done. A. LINCOLN
Oct. 5, 1864
 Copy, ISLA. Lincoln's endorsement is on a letter from Anne Sweatman, Washington, October 5, 1864, asking release of her husband, First Lieutenant Robert Sweatman of Company E, Fifth U.S. Cavalry, taken prisoner at Beaver Dam Depot, Virginia, on May 10, 1864. Presumably Sweatman had been exchanged but was not yet returned to service.