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Monday, March 22, 1858.+-

Lincoln, IL.

Lincoln writes to Illinois Governor William H. Bissell to seek clemency for Samuel Jones and James Jones. A Logan County Circuit Court jury "found [them] guilty of stealing five . . . small hogs." Lincoln explains, "I was not concerned in the trial . . . I have been appealed to, to say something in favor of their being pardoned. They are father and son. . . . [Samuel Jones] is an old citizen . . . and his neighbors appear more anxious that he and his son should be pardoned, than I have known in any other case." Indictment, filed 15 March 1858, People v. Jones & Jones, case file; Jury Verdict, filed 18 March 1858, People v. Jones & Jones, case file; Order, 18 March 1858, People v. Jones & Jones, Record 1, 571-572, all in Logan County Circuit Court, Logan County Courthouse, Lincoln, IL; Abraham Lincoln to William H. Bissell, 22 March 1858, CW, 2:436.