Executive Order 2

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Signed by President  Abraham Lincoln  Tuesday, April 4, 1865 13 Stat. 776 
See the Notes section for a list of Executive Orders affected by or related to the issuance of this Executive Order.

To all whom these presents may concern:

Whereas, for some time past, evil-disposed persons have crossed the borders of the United States, or entered their ports by sea from countries where they are tolerated, and have committed capital felonies against the property and life of American citizens, as well in the cities as in the rural districts of the country:

Now, therefore, in the name and by the authority of the President of the United States, I do hereby make known that a reward of one thousand dollars will be paid, at this Department, for the capture of each of such offenders upon his conviction by a civil or military tribunal, to whomsoever shall arrest and deliver such offenders into the custody of the civil or military authorities of the United States. And the like reward will be paid, upon the same terms, for the capture of any such persons so entering the United States, whose offences shall be committed subsequently to the publication of this notice.

A reward of five hundred dollars will be paid, upon conviction, for the arrest of any person who shall have aided and abetted offenders of the class before named within the territory of the United States.

Given under my hand, and the seal of the Department of State, at Washington, this fourth day of April, A. D. 1865.

William H. Seward 
Secretary of State. 

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