Abraham Lincoln signed letter brings 66.6% increase on estimate


2015-06-26 13:13:30


Abraham Lincoln signed letter brings 66.6% increase on estimate

An Abraham Lincoln signed letter fared well in Freeman's Rare Books & Manuscripts auction

A signed letter sent by Abraham Lincoln to his secretary of war during the American civil war has exceeded expectations at Freeman's Rare Books & Manuscripts auction, held April 5 in Philadelphia.

Abraham Lincoln signed letterLetters signed by Lincoln in relation to the US civil war always see strong results

The letter sees the president interceding on behalf of a minor that has been drafted into the Union army. It sold for $25,000, beating its $15,000 high estimate by 66.6%.

The letter was sent from Washington in September 1863. It sees the president appealing for the discharge of Charles Young, drafted in "this districtnotwithstanding his minor agehis father, mother and a neighbour womanall tell me they will swear the boy was born in February 1845. One month before the inauguration of Mr Polk."

Lincoln refers to James Knox Polk, who was made the 11th president of the United States on March 4, 1845. The letter comes in the midst of the American civil war, just two months after Lincoln's troops had been victorious at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The one-page document itself is in good condition, with light to moderate creases along the folds anda light vertical crease thatjust touches the first L in Lincoln's signature. It once belonged to the American Songbook singer Peggy King.

On April 10, Leslie Hindmann Auctioneers will sell a rare plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln's life mask. We also have an unusual Lincoln item - the wallpaper from the beloved president's bedroom.

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