Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 13.djvu/787
APPENDIX. 759 lst. All who are or shall slave been pretended civil or diplomatic officcrs, or otherwise domestic or foreign agents, of the pretended confederate government; 2d. All who left judicial stations under the United States to aid the rebellion; 3d. All who shall have been military or naval officers of said pretended coufederatc government above the rank of colonel in the army or lieutenant in the navy ;
4th. All who left seats in the Congress of the United States to aid the rebcl—
non ; 5th. All who resigned or tendered resignations of their commissions in the army or navy of the United States to evade duty in resisting the rebellion ; 6th. All who have engaged in any way in treating otherwise than lawfully as prisoners of war persons found in the United States service, as officers, soldiers, seamen, or in other capacities; 7th. All persons who have been, or are, abseutees from the United States for the purpose of aiding the rebellion ; Sth. All military and naval officers in the rebel service, who were educated by the government in the Military Academy at West Point or the United States Naval Academy; 9th. All persons who held the pretended offices of governors of states in insurrection against the United States; 10th. All persons who left their homes within the jurisdiction and protection of the United States, and passed beyond the federal military lines into the pretended confederate states for the purpose of aiding the rebellion ; 11th. All persons who have been engaged in the destruction of the commerce of the United States upon the high seas, and all persons who have made raids into the United States from Canada, or been engaged in destroying the commerce of the United States upon the lakes and rivers that separate the British Provinces from the United States; 12th. All persons who, at the time when they seek to obtain the benefits hereof by taking the oath herein prescribed, are in military, naval, or civil confinement, or custody, or under bonds of the civil, military, or naval authorities, or agents of the United States as prisoners of war, or persons detained for offences of auykiud, either before or after conviction ; 13th. All persons who have voluntarily participated in said rebellion, and the estimated value of whose taxable property is over twenty thousand dollars; 14th. All persons who have taken the oath of amnesty as prescribed in the Preslderufs Proclamation of December Sth, A. D. 1863, or an oath of allegiance Ame, p. 737. to the government of the United States since the date of said Proclamation, and who have not tbcnccforward kept and maintained the same inviolatse. Provided, That special application may be made to the President for pardon Special appliby any person belonging to the excepted classes; and such clemency will be <=¤ti<>n may be liberally extended as may be consistent with the facts of the case and the peace “"**d°· and dignity of the United States. The Secretary of State will establish rules and regulationsl for administering Secretary of and recording the said amnesty oath, so as to insure its benefit to the people, State W esmblish and guard the government against fraud. ml°°"‘ In testimony whereof; I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be aiixed. 1Rules and Regulations established by ihe Secretary of State. DEPARTMENT or- STATE, Washington, May 29, 1865. Sirk A copy of the Presideulfs Amnesty Proclamation of this date is herewith appended. By a clause in the instrument, the Secretary of State is directed to cstublngb rules and regu atiousfor administering and rccordiug the amncsg oath, so as to in sure rtg benefits to the eople and guard the government agamst traud. ursuzmt to tbxs mjunctron, you are rulormed that the oath prescribed in the proclamation may be taken and subscrxbed before any commissioned officer, civil, military, or naval, in the service of the United States, or any civil or militgry officer of a loyal state or territory, yvho, by the laws thereof, may be qualified for admmxstering oaths. All officors who receive such oaths are hereby authorized to give certified copies thereof to the persons respectively bv whom they were made. And such ctlicers are hereby required to transmit the originals of such oaths, at as early; day as may be convenient, to this department, where [beg will be deposited, and rcmam m the archives of the government: Areg1ster thereof wrll e kept m tlre department, and on application, in proper cases, certiucates will bejssucd of such records 111 the customary form 0 official certificates. I am sxr, Your obedient servant, WILLIAM H. SEWARD.