Lot 53: ALS as president signed "A. Lincoln," one page, 4.25 x 7.75, Executive Mansion letterhead, May 7, 1864. In full: "Herewith I give you my autograph, as you request." Cloth-matted with an image of Lincoln. Framed and in fine condition. On May 7, 1864, H. E. Wing relayed to Lincoln an eyewitness account of the devastating Union losses at the Battle of Wilderness. Distraught by such news, Lincoln resorted to answering constituent letters as temporary relief. In addition to this very example, Lincoln responded to a request for a sentiment, replying solemnly, 'I would give a sentiment, but just now I am not in a sentimental mood.' Terse in length yet heavy with bearing, this item exists as a wonderfully well-preserved example of a Lincoln letter on Executive Mansion letterhead. Unpublished and not recorded in Basler.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 471
Wednesday, 9th March 2016
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