7 December 2015
LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed (“A. Lincoln”), as President, 28 June 1864. Counter-endorsed and signed by both Andrew Johnson, as Gov. of Tennessee, and Edwin M. Stanton. 1 page, oblong (surviving fragment of a larger letter). Matted. – LINCOLN. Autograph endorsement signed (“A. Lincoln”), as President, 16 March 1865. 1 page, 12mo. Affixed to the same mat as the above.
A RARE COMBINATION OF LINCOLN AND HIS SUCCESSOR, ANDREW JOHNSON, ALONG WITH SECRETARY OF WAR STANTON on this 28 June 1864 parole: “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8th and be discharged on bail to Gov. Johnson.” Lincoln writes these words beneath Johnson’s own endorsement, written as Military Governor of Tennessee: “I have made myself acquainted with the facts in this case; and I recommend it as a fit case for executive Pardon…” Beneath both of these remarks, the secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton writes, “Referred to Col. Hoffman to execute the order.” Stanton would later become Johnson’s nemesis, barricading himself inside his office to prevent being fired, and provoking the impeachment proceedings against Johnson in 1868. The lot also includes a second Lincoln parole relating to a former Confederate, R. E. Douglass, whom Lincoln orders discharged upon taking the December 8 Oath of Loyalty.
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