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JOHNSON, ANDREW | Partially printed document, being a full pardon for B.F. Coleman, issued by Andrew Johnson, as 17th President

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 USD

JOHNSON, ANDREW | Partially printed document, being a full pardon for B.F. Coleman, issued by Andrew Johnson, as 17th President

JOHNSON, ANDREW | Partially printed document, being a full pardon for B.F. Coleman, issued by Andrew Johnson, as 17th President

Estimate:

3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot sold:

2,750

USD

JOHNSON, ANDREW

Partially printed document, being a full pardon for B.F. Coleman, issued by Andrew Johnson, as 17th President


2 page (17 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.; 4 82 x 288 mm), on a bifolium. Embossed paper seal of the United States on lower left of second page, dated 6 October 1865, and signed by William H. Seward as Secretary of State, Johnson's signature stamped, extensive autograph manuscript note, signed by Coleman ("B.F. Coleman") and dated 17 January 1884, on verso; lightly soiled, short separations at central fold. 


A full presidential pardon, with an extensive note penned by its recipient


Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson frequently extended pardons to former-Confederate soldiers who had served in the military, and also to civilians who had exercised political power under the Confederate government.  


What is most remarkable about the present pardon, is the note written by its recipient, which is present on the verso: "This packet of papers My Son Thomas will keep, to hand down in the Family, as proof of my loyalty to the Government of the United States, which Government my Ancestors, who came to this Country during the rein [sic] of Queen Ann, helped to establish, and fought to defend during the events of the Revolution and of 1812[.]" Coleman had applied to be pardoned, and in these lines penned from Columbus, Georgia, nearly twenty years after the document was issued, he is still making his commitment⁠ to the United States Government known. 

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