War-dated handwritten endorsement signed as president, “A. Lincoln, Dec. 13, 1864,” on lightly-lined off-white 3 x 3 sheet. Lincoln writes: “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged.” Double-cloth-matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 16.5 x 12.5. A central horizontal fold and some scattered light toning, otherwise fine condition. Even in the midst of the Civil War, one of Lincoln’s primary concerns was a rapid return to normalcy during the process of Reconstruction. On December 8, 1863, he issued the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, which provided a means of repatriating ‘those who resume their allegiance,’ even though the war was still in progress. One immediate result was that those who took an oath of loyalty were issued a full pardon. This endorsement marks the honor and dedication with which Lincoln served his country, and his unflinching ability to embrace forgiveness and unity. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
RR Auctions Abraham Lincoln War-dated handwritten endorsement