Lot 40: Autograph endorsement in pencil, signed as president, "A. J.," one page, 3.75 x 8, [October 9, 1865]. President Johnson directs Secretary of War Stanton to pardon Riley Brown out of mercy for his father who has appeared on his son's behalf. In part: "The father Riley B. applies in person for the pardon of his son who is an old man and presents many reasons for the release of his son and excites much sympathy. Therefore out of…mercy to an afflicted parent the pardon is granted." Includes an executive memorandum in another hand noting that Private Riley Brown of the Ohio Volunteers was convicted of robbery and sentenced to two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, dated October 9, 1865, on the reverse. In fine condition, with light show-through from toned adhesive to reverse near the top of the page. Provenance: The Everett Fisher Collection.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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