1 page, 4to, Lincoln's endorsement accomplished on the verso of a 26 October 1864 letter from W. D. Somers. | Christie's" /> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, 1 November 1864. <I>1 page, 4to, Lincoln's endorsement accomplished on the verso of a 26 October 1864 letter from W. D. Somers</I>. | Christie's
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    Americana: Printed and Manuscript, Including Abraham Lincoln's 1864 Victory Speech: The Original Handwritten Manuscript

    12 February 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, 1 November 1864. 1 page, 4to, Lincoln's endorsement accomplished on the verso of a 26 October 1864 letter from W. D. Somers.

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    LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, 1 November 1864. 1 page, 4to, Lincoln's endorsement accomplished on the verso of a 26 October 1864 letter from W. D. Somers.


    ALLOW THIS MAN TO TAKE THE OATH OF DEC. 8TH... A fine example of Lincoln's customarily generous approval of requests for parole on behalf of former Confederates. In this instance, the President responds to a request from W. D. Somers who wrote Lincoln on behalf of his nephew John W. Williams "from North Carolina...now a prisoner of war in Ward 30, Barracks No. 3, Elmyra N.Y." Somers tells lincoln that his nephew "expressed the strongest union feelings" before the rebellion and was "constrained against his wishes to take up arms..." In response to the Uncle's humble plea to furlough or release the boy (only 18 years old), the President generously complies: "Allow this man to take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863, be discharged, and go to his uncle W. D. Somers, at Urbana, Illinois."


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