Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Major General Hooker Executive Mansion
Cincinnati, O Washington, Jan. 11. 1865

It is said that you have ordered Andrew Humphreys to imprisonment at hard labor, in accordance with his original sentence, onPage  211 the ground that it was not legally competent for Gen. Hovey, having approved the sentence to afterwards modify it. While I incline to the belief that you are technically right, please let Gen. Hovey's modification be acted upon until further order from me.