ALS, and ES, owned by Foreman M. Lebold, Chicago, Illinois. Joshua F. Speed endorsed Lincoln's note on December 5, 1864: ``I have enquired into the character of the signers to the two petitions in favor of the discharge of the two men C. T. Smith & John H. Schramme---now confined at Rock Island Illinois.
``I know some of the gentlemen and all of them from enquiry to be good Union men.
``The prisoners are also men of heretofore good character---are truly penitent and would from all the information I can get---give willing obedience to the law---and whatever influence they may have in favor of the Government.
``I would not ask their release if I did not believe that they would observe their promises.''