Lot 25: Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company business check, 7.5 x 2.25, filled out and signed by Lincoln, "A. Lincoln," payable to S. L. Whipple for Ills. College for $12.50, January 29, 1859. Beautifully mounted, cloth-matted, and framed with a portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 14.25 x 19.5. In fine condition, with expected cancellation cuts to the body, trivial foxing, and a bit of brushing to ink. Consignor notes that this check descended in the family of Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, Lincoln's great-grandson and the last of the president's direct descendants.
Within weeks of writing this check Lincoln appeared at Illinois College as a speaker in a lecture series sponsored by the Phi Alpha Men's Literary Society, where he delivered an address entitled 'Discoveries and Inventions' on February 12, 1859. The recipient of this check was most likely Dr. Samuel L. Whipple, who in 1869 gave the college $10,000 for the founding of a preparatory school. A magnificent example of an extremely scarce format.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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