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Petition of Peter McCartney and Others to Augustus C. French, 19 May 18471
To the Honorable the Governor of the State of Illinois
Whereas Sigler H. Lester was, at the May Term 1847 of the Cumberland Circuit court, by said court, convicted of an assault with intent to commit murder, and sentenced to confinement in the Penitentiary for the term of one year, and whereas there are circumstances, which in our opinion, render it proper, that the Executive clemency should be extended to him, therefore We, the undersigned, respectfully recommend that Your Excellency, grant a pardon of said offence to said Lester–2
A. Kitchell Peter McCartney
James Ewart James Gill
S W Moulton Wm Cullen
Philip Shipen John R Kirkling
P William Kirkling Alexander Byrd
[T?]. [?] Henry Howser
Charles Haris
Loyd Frizzell juror Elija Watters
Jno. Cook Jackson gill
Thos Janes John Campbell
Drury Wall Wm Hutton
John Veach A. G. Freeman–
Jesse Price Levi Cook
Samuel. A. Veach William Davis
D. C. Davies J. D Johnston
E. H. Starkweather Victor B Bell
Orlando B Ficklin Thomas Brewer
A. Lincoln William Jones
Thos Sconce Henry C [Beers?]
Wm [B?] Dunn William [B?]ecker
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John. L. Berry–
John monroe John H Frizzell
J. F. Parcels David Walling
N. Ellington Benjamin Allen
B N Mayer Eli Nees Juror
Dan Butt Mathias Roberts
J. C. Miller. A. G. Lacon
Joseph Miller Seth Starbuck Juror
Wm B Miles Samuel Starbuck
David Dryden Wm J Short
H. R. Norfolk Charles A Dotson
Henry Mullin
John Maddock [?]
N Webb
J Buzan
Wm Hart Eligha Edwards
C S Morton Johnson Webb
Benj M Nul J M Eastin
John Kennedy Albert Compton
William Gilman
A M Walker Elisha D Bennet
Baker Waters Oliver Sallee
James Galbreath Simon Sundry
John Knock Bnj [Carter?]
John Mills Jr John Wilkinson
William owens Elisha. W. Huntington
Wm Eastin T C Farris
Wm Ham Edmond Curd
John Whitley James Von
Thos Brask [James Seelly?]
Wm Callam Wm Moore3
Wm Martin4 H Benedict
Seelye Hays Jr James. M. Faris
D. F. Hanks A. R. A. Faris
John Galbrath
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J. M. Miller Isaac D Vanmeter
J. B. Harris
W C Bailey Gideon Henson
Drury Jones
E. G. [Parnheart?] Levi L Smith
C. H Morton Samuel Yarnall
David Hoots
R H Simpson Tomas Bragg Jr
Gregory R Hawkins5
Andrew [Jones?] James Jones
N W Chapman N. Parker
orroson Gilett F. G. Thompson
Van S Eastin Z. Crist
T. A. Marshall. Thomas Stoddert
Martin price R Stoddert
Fields Whitley R H Allison
R. [S?]. Hackett Philander Curtis
Jehue Gray A E Dunbar
Robt. S. Mills I. Wilson Ross
W. D. Latshaw James Martin Jn.
Aron monfert George N [Downs?]
C Glassco William [Starney?]
John Bates Thomas Lindsey
Wm S Rigsby Lowery Hoskins
Jon Walker Abraham [Downs?]
Stephen. Miller Allen [Downs?]
F. L. Moore Eleaney Bright
L R Hutchason James Porter
William J West Sr. S R Metcalf
Aaron Moore
John. J. Moore E B Hawkins
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John James
James W Ellis
James Kendall
David martin
Jacob [teel?]
Jesse Veach
Alfred Alexander
William Willson
John [Wheldone?]
Thomas Bole
Isaac Linder
Wilie Jones
J. H. Apperson
J A. Love
J C. Gray
J. W. Hill
A Highland
John Waltrip
G. P Clark
James [Gabin?]
L. E. Cartright
Adam Coon6
George Wells
thomas. H. Bates
Robert Level
James Adkins
Isaac Lewis
Arick A Sutherland
B Monroe
1Abraham Lincoln wrote the petition and signed his own name. Signers without hyperlinks could not be identified.
2In 1847, Sigler H. Lester assaulted Samuel Johnson with a knife in retaliation for mischief and damages inflicted on Lester’s farm. Lester was indicted and convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, and sentenced to one year in the penitentiary. Abraham Lincoln defended Lester in both the criminal trial as well as a civil trial brought by Johnson for assault and battery. Governor Augustus C. French pardoned Lester before his term in the penitentiary began.
History of Douglas County, Illinois (Tuscola, IL: Converse & Parks, 1876), 59-60; Johnson v. Lester, 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=135864; People v. Lester, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135719.
3There were multiple men with this name living in Coles and Cumberland counties at this time; editors were unable to determine which man signed the petition.
4There were multiple men with this name living in Coles and Cumberland counties at this time; editors were unable to determine which man signed the petition.
5It is unclear whether this signer is Gregory R. Hawkins, Sr. or Jr.
6There were multiple men with this name living in Coles County, Illinois, at this time; it is impossible to know which signed this petition.

Autograph Document Signed, 4 page(s), Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL).