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    Abraham Lincoln Document Signed, "Abraham Lincoln" and countersigned by William H. Seward as Secretary of State, two pages, 9.5" x 15", Washington, D. C., November 5, 1862. This manuscript presidential pardon is affixed with an embossed Presidential Seal and reads in full: "Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas at the March Term, A.D. 1862, of the Criminal Court of the District of Columbia, one John Woodcock was convicted of Larceny, and sentenced to imprisonment in the Penitentiary for the period of two years. And whereas, it is credibly shown that said John Woodcock was an industrious mechanic, sustaining a good general character prior to the commission of the aforesaid offence (sic), and that he is sincerely penitent for his crime and anxious to redeem his lost position; And whereas, the wife and children of the said John Woodcock are in need of his supporting care; And whereas, nine of the jurors who convicted the said John Woodcock, and also the merchants on whom the larceny was committed, have petitioned me on his behalf; Now therefore be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, divers the other good and sufficient reasons me thereunto moving, have granted and do hereby grant unto him, the said John Woodcock, a full and unconditional pardon. In testimony thereof, I have hereunto signed my name and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Fifth day of November, A.D. 1862, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-seventh". Folds and some minor discoloration from light to the lower half of the document. Toned paper with a large and desirable Lincoln signature, fine condition. Professionally matted and framed to an overall size of 40.5" x 34.5". The front page of the pardon has been copied and placed next to the signed verso of the original so that the entire document may be viewed. Although a torn nation was rapidly modernizing during the Civil War, antiquated practices from a more benign era still lingered. Here, during the depths of a grave national crisis, the president has taken the time to review a mere case of larceny.

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