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Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
This handwritten note, written by Abraham Lincoln to an unknown recipient states to "Let their men take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 and be discharged." Signed A. Lincoln and dated March 10, 1865. The Oath of December 8 was announced by Lincoln, on that day, in his annual message to congress in 1863 stating that he would offer a pardon to any man who would swear, without coercion, his allegiance to the Union. There are some ink smudges on several words of the note.
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Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Mississippi State University Libraries, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Original Manuscript Collection, Series 2: Abraham Lincoln Legal Documents, 1837-1859, Box 1, Folder 54
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Oath of December 8, 1863, Abraham Lincoln to Unknown, March 10, 1865, Original Manuscript Collection, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.