WBEZ | National Archives http://www.wbez.org/tags/national-archives Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Date On Lincoln Document 'Started To Look A Little Hinky,' Archivist Says http://www.wbez.org/story/abraham-lincoln/date-lincoln-document-started-look-little-hinky-archivist-says <p><p>One of the more amazing stories of the day is the news that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/25/133205426/historian-accused-of-tampering-with-lincoln-pardon?live=1" target="_blank">a Virginia historian has admitted</a> he altered a presidential pardon written by President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1864, to make it appear as if Lincoln had signed the document a year later — on the day he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2011/nr11-57.html" target="_blank">National Archives says</a> Thomas Lowry, 78, has confessed that he changed the "4" to a "5". He did it while visiting the Archives' research room, using a fountain pen. According to the Archives, Lowry wanted notoriety — and in 1998 he did get national attention when he came forward to claim he'd discovered what might have been the last piece of paper signed by Lincoln.</p><p>In the years since, Archives acting chief of reference Trevor Plante often showed the document to visitors during VIP tours. But over time, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKo8H9NN4nA" target="_blank">he says in a video produced by the Archives</a>, it "started to look a little hinky to me." The "5" looked a little darker than the rest of the date and a "ghost image" started showing through from underneath. Further research showed references to a pardon that had been written in 1864.</p><p>Lowry, after being confronted with the evidence, admitted what he'd done, the Archives says. It is a crime — but the statute of limitations has expired, so he won't be prosecuted. Lowry has, however, been banned from the National Archives.</p><p>Here's that video from the National Archives: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295966832?&gn=Date+On+Lincoln+Document+%27Started+To+Look+A+Little+Hinky%2C%27+Archivist+Says&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Thomas+Lowry,National+Archives,History,National+News,Abraham+Lincoln,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133206844&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110125&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133207016,133206999,127612725,127602855,126932793,103943429,133205361,133205038,133205036,133205034,132783213,127602855,127602446,103943429,133187062,128466026,127603166,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/abraham-lincoln/date-lincoln-document-started-look-little-hinky-archivist-says