1 page, 8vo, Executive Mansion stationery. Near mint condition." /> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, to unidentified correspondent, Washington, 7 May 1864. <I>1 page, 8vo, Executive Mansion stationery</I>. Near mint condition.|
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    Fine Books & Manuscripts including Americana

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 87

    LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, to unidentified correspondent, Washington, 7 May 1864. 1 page, 8vo, Executive Mansion stationery. Near mint condition.

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    LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President, to unidentified correspondent, Washington, 7 May 1864. 1 page, 8vo, Executive Mansion stationery. Near mint condition.

    DISTRESSED BY APPALLING BATTLEFIELD LOSSES, Lincoln takes a moment to comply with the request of an autograph seeker: "Herewith I give you my autograph, as you request." It is one of the freshest and finest examples of a Lincoln letter on Executive Mansion stationery we have ever handled. However, the context in which it was written was bleak and mournful. That same day Lincoln wrote another short note to a correspondent who importuned him for a sentiment. His curt reply: "I would give a sentiment, but just now I am not in a sentimental mood" (Basler 11:94; that letter was sold in the Forbes Collection, Christies, 9 October 2002, lot 116). And little wonder. For it was also on the seventh of May that Lincoln received a first-hand report from H. E. Wing about the astounding casualties inflicted on both sides at the Battle of the Wilderness (3-5 May). Three years into the war, Lee's forces seemed as unbreakable as ever; the end of the killing nowhere in sight. On 9 May Lincoln told Sarah B. McConkey that "I have been very anxious for some days in regard to our armies in the field..." (Basler, 7:333). Not in Basler.


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