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Writing by David McDonald

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Handwritten draft letter written by Judge David McDonald to President Andrew Johnson, dated May 10, 1865. The letter discusses the treason case against William Bowles, Lambdin P. Milligan, and Stephen Horsey. McDonald urges President Johnson to set aside the scheduled execution of the three men until the United States Supreme Court had a chance to review the case. The Supreme Court ultimately set aside the convictions in the case titled Ex parte Milligan.