Quotation by Abraham Lincoln

The case of Andrews is really a very bad one, as appears by the record already before me. Yet before receiving this I had ordered his punishment commuted to imprisonment ... and had so telegraphed. I did this, not on any merit in the case, but because I am trying to evade the butchering business lately.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. endorsement concerning Henry Andrews, Jan. 7, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 111, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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