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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Pardon of Francis Bassach (c/s James Buchanan)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06936 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1846/11/24 Pagination: 2 p. ; 38.6 x 25.4 cm

c/s James Buchanan. Bassach was known as "alias William Mallett" and had been convicted of "assault on the high seas."

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