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

Memorandum Concerning Alfred G. Lawrence [1]

September 23, 1864

I have said that if satisfactory evidence is brought to me, with this paper, that A. G. Lawrence, named within, is non compos mentis, I will discharge him A. LINCOLN

Sep. 23. 1864


[1]   AES, RPB. Lincoln's endorsement is written on the back of a telegram of Provost Marshal Alonzo D. Pratt, Harpers Ferry, September 22, to Provost Marshal Timothy Ingraham: ``Private Alfred G. Lawrence alias Wright was forwarded to B Gen [Marsena R.] Patrick PM Gen A of P on the 19th Aug. I have forwarded papers containing endorsement &c concerning him this day.'' On October 12 John Hay telegraphed Major General Meade: ``The President directs suspension of execution in case of Albert [sic] G. Lawrence 16th Mass. Vols until his further order.''