To James M. Ashley 
So far as I know, there are no peace commissioners in the city, or likely to be in it. A. LINCOLN
Jan. 31. 1865.
 Copy, DLC-HW. The copy of Lincoln's endorsement is preserved with the copy of the letter of Representative James M. Ashley, January 31, 1865, on which it was written. Both copies were sent to Herndon by Ashley in a letter dated November 23, 1866. Ashley's letter of January 31, 1865, is as follows: ``The report is in circulation in the House that Peace Commissioners are on their way or are in the city, and is being used against us. If it is true, I fear we shall loose the bill. Please authorize me to contradict it, if not true.''