Lot 23: Manuscript DS as president, one page both sides, 11 x 16.75, December 5, 1853. President Pierce issues a pardon. In part: "Whereas…Samuel Saunders was, under conviction of counterfeiting the current coin of the United States, sentenced to be confined in the penitentiary for a period of one year: and whereas, it has been made satisfactorily to appear to me, that the prisoner is a fit subject for the exercise of the Executive clemency…I, Franklin Pierce, President of the United States of America…do hereby grant unto his the said Samuel Saunders a full and unconditional pardon." Prominently signed at the conclusion by President Pierce and countersigned by Secretary of State William L. Marcy. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains fully intact and extremely crisp. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature).
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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