Commutation of a sentence.
--In the Northern
news published yesterday it was stated that in the cases of Messrs. Scott
, and Dagan
, who had been sentenced to death as spies, Lincoln
had commuted their sentence to imprisonment for the war in Fort Delaware
This was very handsome in Abe, but his magnanimity loses a little of its lustre from the fact that the "unfortunate men" had already "commuted" their own sentences by escaping into the Confederate States
, and are all three now in Richmond
in our service.
As a matter of reciprocity, however, we learn that they are all willing to "commute" Abe's sentence to imprisonment for life, handsomely giving him the choice between Fort Delaware
, Johnson's Island
, or any other of his numerous hotels.