Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

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[1]   ALS, IHi. Norman L. King, citizen of Washington, D.C., had been sentenced to death on January 19, 1865, for violating laws and customs of war. Joseph Holt's report was adverse to the petition for clemency, but a note on the jacket of the court-martial record dated April 28, 1865, indicates a pardon ``by the late President.'' (DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, NN 3306). On February 17, Reverend Phineas D. Gurley wrote Lincoln: ``My esteemed friend and neighbor Mr. King, the life of whose son you have recently saved, will call to-morrow with Senator Pomeroy to see you further about the case. . . . I deeply and fully sympathize with them in their desire that he should be released from his imprisonment as well as saved from death. . . .'' (DLC-RTL).