Lot 29: Civil War–dated ALS as president, signed twice, "A. Lincoln," one page, 5 x 8, Executive Mansion letterhead, October 9, 1862. Letter to Quarter-Master General Montgomery C. Meigs. In full: "The bearer of this, Elbridge Meconkey, was on Gen. McCall's staff, and was wounded at Gaine's Mill. He now wishes to be a Quarter-Master; and I would like to appoint him, if another Q. M. is now needed. Please answer." On the reverse of the second integral page, Meigs writes a response to the president on the following day, signed "M C Meigs, QMG," in full: "Respectfully returned to the President of the United States. This Department has now calls for details of Quarter-Masters of Volunteers which it cannot supply, & the Quarter Master General will gladly avail of the services of any efficient officer who may be appointed & directed to report to him for duty." Below this, Lincoln pens his final approval, also signed "A. Lincoln," in full: "Let Elbridge Meconkey be appointed at once." Vertical mailing folds (one passing between his first initial and last name in the first signature), a bit of toning, and unobtrusive evidence of professional repairs to some folds, otherwise fine condition; both signatures are exquisite in boldness and clarity.This exemplary letter shows Lincoln's personal involvement in appointments during his administration, especially those concerning the war effort. The Battle of Gaines' Mill took place on June 27, 1862, and the wounded Meconkey met with Lincoln on October 9, 1862—the date of this initial letter—to make his request, then personally delivered the message to Meigs. Despite Meigs's positive response and Lincoln's instructions, there is no reference to the position of quartermaster in Meconkey's lengthy obituary, nor is the appointment found in government records, so it seems that the position fell through. Twice-signed Lincoln presidential items on opposite sheets are rarely encountered, and this intact example is especially attractive.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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