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    Abraham Lincoln Signed Pardon "A. Lincoln", 2.75" x 1", April 11, 1865, n.p. (Lincoln was in Washington, D. C. at the time). Text in the hand of John Hay: "Let these men take the/ oath of Dec. 8, 1863./ April 11, 1865/ ". Though the Civil War still had eighteen months left, Lincoln issued the "Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction" on December 8, 1863. His intent was to issue a full pardon, with a few exceptions, to those who took the oath of loyalty, which read in part: "I, --, do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the union of the States thereunder. . . .and that I will, in like manner, abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves, so long and so far as not modified or declared void by decision of the Supreme Court. So help me God."
    After General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, Lincoln worked hard to consider all clemency appeals. He began by writing the endorsements himself, but in order to get more done, he had John Hay write the text while he added his signature. This slip was signed by Lincoln four days before his assassination on April 15. The "oln" in "Lincoln" has been slightly smeared. Contains a small amount of mounting tape on verso. Fine.

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