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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Pardon of Thomas Gardner, convicted of burglary. Also, includes petitions and receipt of pardon.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00045.07 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 02 April 1847 Pagination: 2 p.+ collateral ; 38 x 25 cm

Convicted of burglary; sentenced to 3 years hard labor at a penitentiary. Pardoned due to Polk's petition by the jury and judge, and for "...divers other good and sufficient reasons..." (c/s N.P. Trist)

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