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Petition of William H. Herndon and Others to Thomas Ford, [November 1845]1
To the Honorable the Governor of the State of IllinoisThomas Ford.
Your Petitioners would respectfully represent that Samuel Smith a citizen of this State and of Sangamon, was at the last Term of the Circuit court, indicted for an assault by the Grand jurors of said County and convicted by the petit jurors of an assault and sentenced by the Honorable Judge of the Circuit Samuel H. Treat, to three days imprisonment and ten dollars fine and pay the Cost of suit,2 Your petitioners would further respectfully represent that the Said Saml. Smith has been in the County jail all the said time and several days more and that he is still in jail and is a poor man and is unable to pay the fine and cost of suit and they would most respectfully beg ^ask^ of Your Excellency to release him from prison, so that he may pay the fine and Cost of suit3
Names Names
David H. Hermon W. H. Herndon
A. Lincoln
S T Logan
Wm Pope James Douglass
R Herndon Thos Strawbridge
E Darling J L Canfield
Seth R. Cutter
J. H Meriweather Nicholas Bryan
J. Bunn
R. H. Proctor Waterman P. Allen
J. A. Ball Lenard Mitts
John S Clayton
S. H. Treat.

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1845–
Petitition for Pardon
Saml Smith
Decemb[December] 2– 1845
1William H. Herndon wrote the petition. Abraham Lincoln signed his own name only.
2On November 14, 1845, Samuel Smith was indicted for assault with intent to commit bodily injury. He retained Lincoln & Herndon and pleaded not guilty. On November 21, 1845, the jury found him guilty, fined him $10, and sentenced him to three days in jail, to remain in jail until the fine was paid.
People v. Smith, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=140106.
3Governor Thomas Ford pardoned Smith on December 2, 1845.
Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 1:349.

Autograph Document Signed, 2 page(s), Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).