Lot 28: Civil War–dated handwritten endorsement as president, "And I endorse Gov. Tod, A. Lincoln, Feb. 22, 1865," one page, 5 x 3.75, penned beneath a manuscript endorsement signed by Ohio Governor David Tod, "I very cheerfully endorse the foregoing. Very truly yours, David Tod." A notation on the reverse, now concealed by framing, indicates that this was taken from an application for a clerkship by "Wm. Flenner." Nicely mounted, matted, and framed with an engraved portrait and descriptive plaque to an overall size of 28 x 24.75. In very good condition, with noticeable repaired separations to intersecting folds (just trivially affecting the very tips of one letter in Lincoln's endorsement and first letter of his signature), and scattered soiling. The plaque in the display observes Lincoln's informal tone, in that he 'endorses an endorsement by endorsing its endorser.' Tod greatly aided Lincoln's administration during his two-year governorship, helping to deal with matters including draft evasion, the care of wounded soldiers, the defense of Cincinnati from Edmund Kirby-Smith's threatened invasion, and organizing the state militia to respond to John Hunt Morgan's raids across the Ohio River. It is also interesting to note that Lincoln's endorsement dates to the 133rd anniversary of George Washington's birth and ten days after his own 56th birthday, anniversaries which have since then become generally combined and observed as 'Presidents Day' in February. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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