To Ulysses S. Grant 
Lieutenant General Grant January 26, 1865.
Suspend execution of death sentence of William H. Jeffs Company B Fifty sixth Massachusetts volunteers until further orders, and forward record of trial for examination. A. LINCOLN.
Please send the above telegram JNO. G. NICOLAY
 D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 305. Across the top of this telegram appears a pencilled note: ``Repeated Jany 28 '65 to Comdg Officer Norfolk Va.'' Grant replied on the same day, quoting a telegram from Major General John G. Parke: ``No proceedings in the case of Wm. A Jeffs Co `B' fifty sixth (56) Mass Vols have been recd at these HdQuarters In case the sentence should be death the proceedings will be forwarded you'' (DLC-RTL). See Lincoln's telegram to George F. Shepley, January 28, infra.