To Edwin M. Stanton

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Hon. Secretary of War May 13, 1863.

My dear Sir Since parting with you I have seen the Secretaries of State and the Treasury, and they both think we better not issue the special suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus spoken of. Gov. Chase thinks the case is not before Judge Swaine, that it is before Judge Levett, that the writ will probably not issue, whichever the application may be before; and that, in no event, will Swaine commit an imprudence. His chief reason for thinking the writ will not issue, is that he has seen in a newspaper that Judge Levett stated that Judge Swaine & he refused a similar application last year. Yours truly A. LINCOLN

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