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

To Thomas D. Eliot [1]

February 28, 1865

If a majority of the Massachusetts delegation in Congress will, in writing on this sheet, request the pardon of this man, it shall be granted. A. LINCOLN

Feb. 28. 1865

Attorney General please make out a pardon in this case.

March. 2. 1865 A. LINCOLN

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Annotation

[1]   AES, DNA RG 204, U.S. Pardon Attorney, A 562. Lincoln's endorsements appear on a letter from Thomas D. Eliot, February 28, 1865, enclosing a petition for pardon for Zeno Kelley of New Bedford, Massachusetts, convicted on charges of fitting out a vessel to be engaged in the slave trade. Eliot and nine other members of congress signed the request which Lincoln required.