February 12, 1865

Abraham Lincoln “Pardons” Misbehaving Boys, Allowing Them to Return to School

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On this, his last birthday, Lincoln exercises executive mercy. “Let these boys return to their school upon the condition stated by them,” he says, “and remain so long as they do not misbehave.”

Autograph Note Signed (“A. Lincoln”), as President, 1 page, duodecimo, no place, February 12, 1865.

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Transcript

Let these boys return to their school upon the condition stated by them, and remain so long as they do not misbehave.

A LINCOLN

Feb. 12, 1865