Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To William H. Bissell [1]

His Excellency Lincoln,
W. H. Bissell March 22- 1858

Dear Sir Samuel Jones and James Jones, at court here last week, were found guilty of stealing five shoats, or small hogs. I have been appealed to, to say something in favor of their being pardoned. They are father and son. I know nothing to say, except that he is an old citizen (I mean the father) and his neighbors appear more anxious that he and his son should be pardoned, than I have known in any other case. This is really all [I] can say. I was not concerned in the trial; and consequently did not listen to the evidence. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN---

Annotation

[1]   ALS, I-Ar. Lincoln's letter is accompanied by letters from Judge David Davis before whom the case was tried, and Ward H. Lamon, state's attorney who prosecuted, and a petition signed by members of the bar---all unanimous in believing the pardon should be granted.