Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Gov. Johnson Executive Mansion, Washington,
Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 1, 1864.

I am applied to for the release of Alexander B. Kinney, John P. Carter, and Samuel A. Owens. Your name commending their application to favorable consideration, is on the papers. If you will say directly that you think they ought to be discharged I will discharge them. Answer. A. LINCOLN