Rare war-dated partly-printed DS as president, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, December 22, 1863. President Lincoln directs “the Secretary of State to affix the seal of the United States to a Warrant for the remission of the fine and costs imposed upon Maria Coffman, alias, Philips.” Nicely signed at the conclusion by Lincoln. In fine condition, with a light diagonal crease passing through a single letter of signature and some light toning and foxing to edges.
After failing to pay a fine of fifty dollars and costs, Maria Coffman was arrested and held in a District of Columbia jail. According to The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, the clerk of the D.C. Criminal Court petitioned the president for the remission of the fine; Lincoln endorsed the petition on December 19, 1863, asking that the pardon be made with the paperwork sent back to him for signing. This document, commanding that the US seal be affixed to a Warrant for the remission, finalized the matter. Such pardons from Lincoln are quite rare and highly sought after; the fact that this one is issued to a female offender, highly uncommon in itself, makes this document even more interesting. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.