Lot 29: Abraham Lincoln - Civil War-dated ANS signed A. Lincoln
8th March 2017
Civil War-dated ANS signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 3.25 x 2, October 10, 1861. In full: "Sec. of War, please see Col. Barret, and see if you can not agree with him about taking his Cavalry Reg't to Kansas & the Indian frontier." In fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned carte-de-visite engraving of Lincoln by Allen of Boston. This crisply penned note was intended for Colonel James A. Barret of Springfield, Illinois, the commander of the Tenth Illinois Cavalry, a regiment made part of the Army of the Frontier in 1862. Interestingly, Lincoln had dealt with Barret nearly ten years prior as a ‘prairie’ lawyer’ on behalf of the Alton and Sangamon Railroad. When Barret refused to pay his pledge for his 30 shares of stock after the railroad changed its planned route, subsequently depreciating Barret’s land, the company sued. Lincoln’s case asserted that Barret was indeed a stockholder of the company and that the Alton and Sangamon Railroad, not bound by its original charter, had the right to sue for delinquent payment. Lincoln’s victory established him as one of the most successful Illinois practitioners of railroad law.
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