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1865 Abraham Lincoln Signed Handwritten Pardon with Rare Dating Error by Lincoln - Signed Just Three Months Prior to His Death!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $10,800
Rare handwritten pardon, dated January 17, 1865, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. The small, cut sheet of lined paper, which has been scripted in black ink, entirely in Lincoln's hand, reads: "Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8. 1865." It has been signed "A. Lincoln" and is dated "January. 17. 1865." Both the text and Lincoln's signature are boldly penned, grading "9." With this handwritten decree Lincoln most likely officially pardoned a Confederate prisoner of war. What makes this particular example so unusual is that Lincoln made a mistake in the date of the oath, which should read "Dec. 8, 1863." The referenced oath is contained in Lincoln's Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, issued on December 8, 1863, which paved the way for Reconstruction after the war and allowed for the speedy repatriation of Confederate citizens so that they could quickly rebuild their local and state governments. The oath reads in full:
SOLD FOR $10,800
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