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Letter to Governor John Wood from Judge David Davis Concerning a Pardon for Thomas Patterson.

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Bloomington, Illinois
June 12th, 1860

Gov John Wood
My Dear Sir-

Mr. Patterson's friends in Vermilion County are of the highest respectablility. His father and mother are, I think, not hiring. His brothers are very worthy gentlemen, and I never heard of their violating the Law in any particular. I never knew Patterson until the trial in Urbana.

The gentlemen who have written this letter, are as worthy men, as they are in the State. There are no two persons in the County of higher respectability and character. I have known them for many years, and the opinion that I have expressed as to their character, would be the universal opinion of all who know them.

With great respect
Your friend and servant
David Davis

August 14, 1860

Considering the absence of previous bad character of Patterson himself, the necessities of his family, the excellent character of all his family connections, and the very numerously signed petition of his neighbors, I recommend that he be pardoned at once.

A. Lincoln