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ANDREW JOHNSONUncommon D.S. "Andrew Johnson" as President, 2pp. folio, Washington, Aug. 1, 1866, a grant of a "full pardon and parole" to one James L. Henderson of Norfolk, who had taken part: "...in the late rebellion against the Government of the United States, [and] has made himself liable to heavy pains and penalties...". Henderson's pardon will be voided if he should: "...at any time acquire any property whatever in slaves, or make use of slave labor...". Co-signed by Secretary of State WILLIAM H. SEWARD. Folds splits repaired on blank versos with tape, some stains and soiling with folds, one of which passes through Johnson's signature, still quite good. JAMES L. HENDERSON (1813-1875) was a distinguished naval commander, rising through the ranks to achieve the rank of commodore in the U.S. Navy in 1855. Mathew Perry considered Henderson "...one of the best officers in the Navy...". He resigned in 1861 to enter the Confederate Navy, commanding batteries at Yorktown and Gloucester Point, as well as the arsenals at Mobile and Selma.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,200

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