Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 2.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Petition for Pardon of James H. Lee [1]

State of Illinois }
City of Springfield} Jan 21st. A.D. 1856.

To his Excellency The Governor [2] of the state of Illinois. The undersigned your petitioners, humbly present to your honor the following statement of facts which are submitted for your just consideration. On or about the 15th of May last one James H. Lee was committed by Justice Adams of this City upon a charge of larceny---he remained in the Jail of Sangamon county until the last Term of the circuit court at which time he was sentenced by his Honor, Judge Davis to one year's imprisonment in the penitentiary. Your petitioners respectfully represent that although the said Lee may have been guilty of taking the sum of money alledged towit---$26.00, yet we believe that it was the first time he was ever guilty of a crime & we sincerly think he has determined &Page  330 will be an honest & upright man in future. Your petitioners humbly pray that your Excellency will exercise in this case, your reprieving power that the said Lee may again be restored to his freedom & to his grieved & distressed relationship and your petitioners will ever pray &c. &c


[1]   DS, I-Ar. Lincoln's and forty-eight other signatures appear on the document.

[2]   Joel A. Matteson.