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Letter to Governor William H. Bissell from Judge David Davis Concerning a Pardon for O. F. Jones.

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Urbana, Illinois
Oct 24, 1858

His Excellency W. H. Bissell

Dear Sir,
O. F. Jones was convicted the last term of the Circuit Court of this [unknown] for larceny & sentenced to Penitentiary for one year.

Jones I should think was of good family and was evidently seduced by his wife, to the commission of the offence. She was a base woman, no doubt, before he married her. Jones is a young man, and evidently clemency would not now be misplaced.

A large petition has been presented in his behalf.


W. Lamon the prosecuting attorney joins me in requesting you to shorten the term of his imprisonment by pardoning him for the balance of his term.

With great Respect
Your obt Servt
David Davis

I join in the above
Wm. H. Lamon

I was at the Champaign Circuit Court at the time of the conviction of Jones, but was not engaged in the case. From what I heard there as well as from the above statement of the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney, I concur in the recommendation that he be pardoned.
Your Obt. Servt.
A. Lincoln

Novr. 3. 1858