From the 3 September 1865 issue of The New York Times.

Robert E. Lee’s Pardon

MR. ROBERT E. LEE.—Our able and usually well-informed cotemporary, the Chicago Tribune, has some remarks which are less accurate than usual. We quote from its columns:

General LEE, we understand, has applied for pardon in a voluminous document denying his guilt, i.e., denying that he is a proper case for a pardon. On the other hand, it is largely claimed by Lee’s Northern friends that the terms of his surrender to Grant amount to a pardon, and shield him from all punishment by the government.

General LEE’s application is not a voluminous document, but a very brief one, containing only some forty or fifty words. It says nothing about his guilt or innocence, either affirmatively or negatively. Nor have we ever heard of any of LEE’s friends who claimed that his surrender involved pardon. The utmost that any one has ever claimed about it is that it guarantees his personal security, so long as he obeys the laws in force at the place where he resides. But this is not pardon, because it leaves him without any civil rights, and liable to trial and punishment for his great political and military crimes, should he ever commit any infraction of the laws in question—Chicago Republican, (C. A. Dunn).