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

To Edwin M. Stanton [2]

Executive Mansion,
November 21, 1864.

My dear Sir: I now propose that Smithson and Yocum, respectively, be enlarged, allowing their sentences to stand as security for their good behavior---that is, not pardon them, but if they misbehave, re-arrest and imprison them on the old score.

Also, I think if Waring's premises down in Maryland are [not] [2] FOOTNOTES}>(2) in use by the government, he and his family might be allowed to re-occupy them. Yours truly, A. LINCOLN.


[1]   NH, X, 275. Stanton replied on the same day: ``The Adjutant General has been instructed to issue orders in the cases of Yokum Smithson & Waring in conformity with the views expressed in your note of this date. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).

On November 25, 1864, AGO Special Orders No. 417 directed:

``I. That William T. Smithson and William Yokum, now confined in the Penitentiary at Albany, New York, under sentences published in General Orders, No. 371, of November 18th, 1863, and No. 31, of January 25th, 1864, be enlarged, until further orders, on condition of future good behavior towards the Government of the United States.

``II. That John H. Waring be allowed to re-occupy his premises in Maryland, with his family, and that he be put in possession accordingly, on condition that he shall neither hold intercourse with rebels, nor give them aid or comfort.''

[2]   Brackets in source.