Polk, James K. (1795-1849) [Pardon of Robert Baker for engaging in the slave trade].
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00043.11 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 30 March 1846 Pagination: 2 p.+dock.+collateral letters 37 x 24 cm
Countersigned by James Buchanan. Baker, 1st mate on the Brig "Montivedio", was convicted of engaging in the slave trade between Africa and Brazil and sentenced to serve 6 months in prison and pay a $500 fine and court costs. Pardoned after serving twelve months in prison because of his poverty (inability to pay the fine) and excellent conduct.
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