To Ogden Hoffman

Hon. Ogden Hoffman                   Executive Mansion
U.S. District Judge                        Washington, D.C.
San Francisco, California           Dec. 15. 1863.

The oath in the proclamation of Dec. 8th. is intended for those who may voluntarily take it, and not for those who may be constrained to take it, in order to escape actual imprisonment or punishment. It is intended that the latter class shall abide the granting or withholding of the pardoning power in the ordinary way.

A. LINCOLN

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