Nov 01, 2016 - Sale 2428

Sale 2428 - Lot 156

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
LINCOLN SIGNS WEEKS BEFORE HIS ASSASSINATION LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Endorsement Signed, "A. Lincoln," as President, "Let him be released on taking the oath of Dec. 8, 1863," on a clipped portion of a letter. The text of the endorsement, in the hand of his secretary, John Hay. 1 3/4x3 inches; illegible text in another hand verso, remnants of prior mounting at corners verso. [Washington], 9 March 1865

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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 swear an oath (with certain exceptions). The oath specifically required the "support [of] all acts of congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves . . . ."