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

To Gideon Welles [1]

Hon. Secretary of the Navy Executive Mansion,
My dear Sir Washington, Jan. 26. 1865.

I now understand that the record of the trial of Smith brothers at Boston is before you. Please do not let any execution of sentence take place, until the record shall have been before me. Yours truly



[1]   ALS, DNA WR NB RG 45, Executive Letters, No. 83. Concerning Benjamin G. and Franklin W. Smith, see Lincoln to Welles, August 28, 1864, supra, and the order annulling sentence in the case, March 18, 1865, infra.