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LINCOLN SIGNED DOCUMENT  –  A WARRANT TO AFFIX THE SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO A PARDON

LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.  (1809-1865)  16th President of the United States.  Partially-printed Document Boldly Signed, “Abraham Lincoln”, as President.  One page, quarto. Washington, January 13, 1863.  The document reads:  “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the Pardon of Henry Buschrae, dated this day, and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. Abraham Lincoln.”  Some toning to the paper from previous framing, else fine condition.   Buschrae had been convicted in the District of Columbia of larceny in June 1861.  Research shows he was pardoned by Lincoln because: ” he had served nearly all of his sentence; and because he had been well behaved in prison;  had been of good character; and was drunk when he committed the larceny.”   Lincoln also took into consideration the fact that he had: ”served faithfully as a volunteer soldier in the defense of his country” and because numerous citizens of the District of Columbia had petitioned for a Presidential pardon on his behalf.  

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