/ "I'll keep them in prison awhile ...": Abraham Lincoln and David Davis on Civil Liberties in Wartime

Exhibit 3. Davis to Lincoln, July 5, 1864

This abstract of the Coles County case has been sent to me by Mr. Hay & I enclose it to the President.

It is I think correct. It was received since my letter to the President on the subject.

I have nothing to add to my letter of this date except that I am strengthened in the opinion that the prisoners should have been turned over to the state authorities.

David Davis

July 5, 1864