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SIGNED THREE WEEKS BEFORE ASSASSINATION LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Clipped portion of Autograph Endorsement dated and Signed, "A. Lincoln," as President: "Let these men take / the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & / be discharged," removed from a letter likely appealing directly to him for release of the men. 1x3 1/4 inches; backed, faint scattered staining, faint bleedthrough from letter written on verso, vertical fold. [Washington], 22 March 1865
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 . . . ."