To George C. Cadwalader 
Officer in command Washington,
at Philadelphia, Pa. January 31, 1865.
Suspend execution of death sentence of John Murphy, ordered for February 10th 1865 at Fort-Mifflin, until further orders, and forward record of trial for examination. A. LINCOLN
Please send above telegram JNO. G. NICOLAY Priv. Sec.
 D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 313. This telegram is signed by Nicolay but not by Lincoln. General George Cadwalader replied on the same day: ``Your telegram of this date suspending execution . . . of John Murphy ordered for February tenth next until further orders is received. The record of his trial was forwarded yesterday by mail to the Dept.'' (DLC-RTL).
Not the same John Murphy about whom Lincoln telegraphed General Meade on October 8 and 12, 1863, Private John Murphy, an unassigned substitute, had been sentenced to be shot for desertion. Appeals from his wife and others were endorsed by Lincoln: ``Sentence commuted to hard labor during the war. Jan. 25. 1865. A. LINCOLN.'' (DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, NN 3237; AGO Special Orders No. 68, February 11, 1865). No record of further action by Lincoln has been found.