Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell) (1782-1850) to William McPherson
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Secretary of State Calhoun asks U.S. Attorney for the District of Missouri McPherson that execution of convicted murderers John McDaniel and Joseph Brown be stayed. He adds "It is not... designed, by this interference, to create any hope of the ultimate pardon of these men, but merely that time may be allowed to examine into the credibility of [Orrin P.] Rockwell," a new witness who claimed to have received a confession from William Mason.
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