The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 5 by Abraham Lincoln
To General H. W. Halleck. April 9, 1862
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, April 9, 1862.
MAJOR-GENERAL HALLECK, Saint Louis, Mo.: If the rigor of the confinement of Magoffin (Governor of Kentucky) at Alton is endangering his life, or materially impairing his health, I wish it mitigated as far as it can be consistently with his safe detention.
Please send above, by order of the President. JOHN HAY.