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

To Gideon Welles [1]

Hon. Secretary of the Navy. Executive Mansion,
Sir: Washington, Dec. 26. 1864.

The unexecuted part of the sentence of the General Court-Martial in the case of Com. Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. is hereby remitted, this remission to take effect at the end of one year from the day on which the sentence took effect. ABRAHAM LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR NB RG 45, Executive Letters, No. 178. Commodore Charles Wilkes had been sentenced by court-martial, April 27, 1864, to be reprimanded and suspended from duty for three years, for publication of official correspondence. See Lincoln's communications to Browning and to Ewing, May 16, supra.