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Madison, James (1751-1836) [Presidential pardon of a group of Quakers for refusing to bear arms in militia].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00043.02 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph document signed Date: 20 November 1816 Pagination: 1 p. 41 x 26 cm.

Summary of Content: Countersigned by Secretary of State James Monroe. Intended for Joseph Hollingsworth, William Ellicott Jr. and Sr., Thomas Hartley, Levi Hartley, Samuel Hartley Jr., and Seneca Parry, who were arrested in Maryland. Partially filled out.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Monroe, James, 1758-1831
Hollingsworth, Joseph
Ellicott, William, Jr.
Ellicott, William, Sr.
Hartley, Thomas
Hartley, Levi
Hartley Jr, Samuel
Parry, Seneca
Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ReligionPresidentQuakersPardonLawMilitary HistoryMilitia

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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