Order Concerning David Levy 
If David Levy shall enlist and serve faithfully for one year or until otherwise honorably discharged I will pardon him for the past. A. LINCOLN.
Jan. 12, 1865.
 Isaac Markens, Abraham Lincoln and the Jews (1909), p. 48. On January 10, 1865, James W. Bowen, provost marshal of the Tenth District, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, wrote Lincoln: ``The bearer, Mrs. Maria Davis, of this District,Page 214
visits Washington, with the view of obtaining a pardon of her son, David Levy, a member of Co. L. 3d Regt. Penna. Cavalry, who is absent without leave. . . . From her statement . . . it will appear that he was induced to desert by an older comrade. . . . The family have already suffered, by the death of two of its members, a husband and son . . . while in the Service. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).
According to Markens, in 1902 Levy's application for a pension was denied on the basis of his record of desertion; whereupon, ``He immediately wrote to the Bureau that he was pardoned for that desertion by President Lincoln and as evidence of the fact he forwarded to the Pension Office a small card . . . whereon was written in his well-known handwriting: [text as above]
``Upon receipt of this Eugene F. Ware, the Commissioner of Pensions, ordered that the pardon be recognized. . . .''