Dis­re­spect­ing Hon­est Abe

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I find it ex­tremely in­sult­ing that two am­a­teur his­to­ri­ans would treat a doc­u­ment of great mag­ni­tude — a par­don signed by Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln — with such dis­re­spect [“Hinky date un­rav­els Lin­coln lore,” front page, Jan. 25]. To al­ter the date of a doc­u­ment writ­ten by one of the most in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­cans of all time is very wrong. If I were to de­cide the pun­ish­ment, it would be some­thing more se­ri­ous than a life­long ban from the Na­tional Archives.

Louis Colangelo, West Friend­ship, Md.

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