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

To William Sprague [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Hon. William Sprague War Department,
Providence, R.I. Washington, D.C., Sep. 16. 1864.

I commuted the sentence of Conley two days ago.

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 171. See Lincoln to Smith, September 8, supra. Sprague's telegram, received at 9:55 A.M., reads: ``Circumstances indicate the innocence of Sergt Conley of R I sentenced to be shot today Will you stay his sentence'' (DLC-RTL).