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4 December 2009
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, 25 January 1864. 1 page, 8vo, cut from a larger document, framed with photo of Lincoln.
LINCOLN PARDONS A GROUP OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS AT THE REQUEST OF A KENTUCKY DEMOCRAT. "Senator Powell," Lincoln writes, "says that of the many applications he has, he thinks the within named may safely be allowed to take the oath and be discharged. He says those designated as officers have resigned, as they write to him and he believes. Let them all take the oath of Dec. 8 and be discharged." Powell (1812-1867) served one-term in the U.S. Senate, as one of the few loyal Southern Democrats who served in the Congress during the Civil War. Like many War Democrats he walked a difficult tight-rope: both pro-Southern and anti-secession, he was the Senator who gave his name to the resolution appointing the Committee of Thirteen during the Buchanan-Lincoln interregnum. He pushed hard for his colleagues to adopt the Crittenden Compromise. When war broke out pro-Confederates back home in the Kentucky legislature demanded that he resign, and, when he refused, voted to expel him from the chamber. The Senate, however, refused to remove him. (The document containing Powell's recommendation to Lincoln in this case has not survived.) Published in Basler 7:149.
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