To Joseph Holt 
Will the Judge Advocate General please give me his opinion whether it would be legally competent for the President to direct a new-trial in this case, and if yea, whether this is a proper case in which to so direct? A. LINCOLN
Jan. 19. 1865.
 AES, IHi. Lincoln's endorsement appears on the back of a long letter from A.G. Riddle and R. Stockett Mathews, counsel for Thomas W. Johnson and others, January 18, 1865, asking for a new trial of their clients, who had been convicted along with the notorious blockade runner Pardon Worsley. Chief ground for the request was new evidence and the fact that the defense had not been allowed to introduce witnesses to refute Worsley's testimony that Johnson supplied him with goods with full knowledge that he was trading with the rebels. See further Lincoln to Holt, February 17, infra.