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Pendleton, Edmund (1721-1803) to James Madison re: pardon of convicted prisoners in Caton v. Commonwealth

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00099.104 Author/Creator: Pendleton, Edmund (1721-1803) Place Written: Edmundsbury Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 09 December 1782 Pagination: 3 p. 21 x 17 cm

Pardon of the convicted prisoners in Caton v. Commonwealth treason case, war news from Europe, Rhode Island's refusal to agree that privateer prizes and war booty should be held for the benefit of the United Colonies, at length. See also his copy of the case #.101.

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