Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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Petition for Pardon of Sigler H. Lester [1]

May 19, 1847

To the Honorable the Governor of the State of Illinois---

Whereas Sigler H. Lester was, at the May Term 1847 of the Cumberland circuit court, by said court, convicted of an assault with intent to commit murder, and sentenced to confinement in the Penitentiary for the term of one year, and whereas there are circumstances, which in our opinion, render it proper, that the Executive clemency should be extended to him, therefore We, the undersigned, respectfully recommend that Your Excellency, grant a pardon of said offence to said Lester.

May 19th. 1847.


[1]   ADS, I-Ar. The petition carries one hundred ninety-one signatures including Lincoln's Two other copies of the petition, not in Lincoln's hand, carry one hundred three and sixty signatures, respectively, of Coles County citizens and friends of Lester.