Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  38

To John F. Miller [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Officer in command at War Department,
Nashville, Tenn. Washington, D.C., Oct. 5 1864.

Suspend execution of Thomas K. Miller until further order from me. A LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 193. On October 1, 1864, Andrew Johnson telegraphed Lincoln: ``Thomas K Miller & Y[oung] C Edmondson are sentenced to be hanged on the seventh inst The friends of the Parties who are respectable & intelligent allege that they can present reasons & facts which will go a great way towards mitigating the sentence & desire an extension of time to enable them to do so. I hope that their request will be granted & the execution postponed a reasonable time'' (DLC-RTL).

On October 4, Andrew Johnson's son Robert, acting as his secretary, telegraphed: ``I would most respectfully call your attention to a telegraph of Gov Johnson of Oct first (1) in regard to Thos K Miller & Y C Edmondson sentenced to be hanged on the seventh inst & hope you will consider the case favorably Father is absent in Indiana.'' (Ibid.).

Lincoln endorsed the second telegram ``Suspended till further order. Oct. 5, 1864. A.L.'' See Lincoln to Miller, October 25, infra.