Lot 6: Abraham Lincoln Handwritten Signed Letter
7th August 2019
Civil War-dated ALS as president signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 5 x 8, May 11, 1861. Written from the Executive Mansion, a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, in full: "Some time ago, at the request of Commander E. B. Boutwell, I asked you to look into the case of his suspension, and ascertain whether he might not, without inconsistency, be relieved from the remainder of his suspension. I am now informed that his case is not yet acted upon. I make no complaint of this, knowing you are overwhelmed with business; but I will be obliged if you will attend to it as soon as possible." In fine condition, with light toning from prior display. In June 1858, Edward B. Boutwell of Virginia had been found guilty of disobedience to lawful orders, neglect of duty, and scandalous conduct. The court sentenced him to be dismissed, but the sentence was commuted to 'five years Furlough Pay.' Welles replied on May 16, 1861, 'I am not in possession of any fact which calls upon me to advise a further mitigation.' Boutwell was dismissed from the service on July 31, 1861. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
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