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FREEDOM FOR CONFEDERATE PRISONERS LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph Endorsement dated and Signed, "A. Lincoln," as President: "Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8. 1863 and be discharged," clipped from a larger sheet. 4 3/4x 6 1/2 inches, ruled paper; additional endorsement of petition written in another hand at upper edge recto, minor scattered soiling, portion of petitioner's letter on verso, remnants of prior mounting at corners recto, vertical folds. [Washington], 13 December 1864
In his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, issued December 8, 1863, Lincoln offered a pardon and restoration of property to all participants in the rebellion against the Union who take an oath (with certain exceptions). The oath specifically requires the "support [of] all acts of congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves . . . ."
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