Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Edwin M. Stanton [2]

Hon. Sec. of War Executive Mansion,
Sir Washington, Feb. 11, 1865.

On a petition presented to me I have concluded to not allow the death penalty to be enforced on Norman L. King; but I wish to see Mr. Holt's review of the evidence, before finally disposing of the case. Please have it made and sent to me. Yours truly

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[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).