Attorney General's Office,
Washington, Feb 16, 1863
Maj B.B. French &c &c &c
On returning from the Supreme Court to day, I find a note from you endorsed upon the envelope of one from the President, proposing, contingently, to remit a fine heretofore imposed upon Capt Darling, of the Capitol Police.
I would, at once, have caused the proper documents to be prepared, but the Statement of facts is really so meagre that I find it difficult to prepare a
a decent recital, by a just foundation for the warrant of pardon.
Will you oblige me by giving a statement of the facts, shewing when, where, by whom and for what, Capt Darling was convicted & sentenced.
In writing this Sir, I take it for certain, that the President's note was written on your application
Sir your obt servt