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

To Joseph Holt [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Judge Advocate General Nov. 12. 1864.

Please procure record, & examine and report, upon the case of---Stettler, convicted & sent to Auburn Penitentiary for five years. His home was in Philadelphia, and his trial was here in Washington, on some charge about adulterated coffee. Yours truly



[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, MM 1107. This letter is filed with papers in the case of John K. Stetler, citizen of Philadelphia, sentenced to five years' imprisonment on charges of wilful neglect of duty as a contractor furnishing coffee to the government. Holt had recommended enforcement of sentence in order to make an example of Stetler, and LINCOLN had approved the sentence on November 20, 1863. No record of LINCOLN's further action has been found.