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Petition of 25 Baltimore Merchants

25 Baltimore Merchants
Lincoln Signed Documents
[Washington, D.C.]
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Petition, 126 cm, signed by 25 Baltimore wholesale dry goods dealers, testifying to the character of fellow merchants Thomas W. Johnson, R.M. Sutton & J.H. Hennage, who were convicted of helping a blockade runner named Pardon Worsley. Attached is a cover letter from Armstrong Cator Co. to John W. Garrett, president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, who added a note confirming the character of the merchants. Also attached is handwritten note by Lincoln, on the verso of a sheet of imprinted Executive Mansion stationery, signed and dated: 'Papers pertaining to the case mentioned this morning.' This case had first been brought to the President's attention on January 19 by the convict's lawyer, and Lincoln wrote to the Judge Advocate General asking if it was legal for the President to direct a new trial in the case. In a second letter to the Judge on Feb. 17 Lincoln said he and the Secretary of War were inclined to pardon the merchants, and asked the judge to concur. He apparently did so, as Sec. of War Stanton issued the pardon for the merchants on Feb. 19.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Correspondence; Garrett, John W. (John Work), 1820-1884--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Blockades
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