Lot #219
James Buchanan

President Buchanan remits a fine for a prisoner "wholly unable to pay"
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Estimate: $400+


President Buchanan remits a fine for a prisoner "wholly unable to pay"

Manuscript DS as president, one page, 10.5 x 16.5, November 29, 1859. President Buchanan grants Patrick Mulligan, "held in confinement in the common jail of Washington county…and wholly unable to pay" a fine of eight dollars and the cost of prosecution, "a remission of the fine and costs imposed upon him" for a previous assault conviction. Crisply signed at the conclusion by Buchanan, and countersigned by Secretary of State Lewis Cass. White-and-red paper seal remains affixed to lower left. In very good to fine condition, with old repairs on the reverse to complete separation along the central horizontal fold.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018

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