Abraham LincolnMarch 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865
Lincoln has long been a hero across the political and social spectrum, not only here in the U.S. but also abroad. His diligence as a lawyer, skill as a politician, passion as an opponent of slavery, and work guiding our fragile nation through its greatest crisis are legendary, and many feel that a strong emotion still clings to the things he signed. Among Lincoln pieces we’ve carried are:
- Letters, in which he dealt with politics, the war, personal matters, etc…;
- Speeches. These are largely in institutions;
- Documents. These are mostly military and civil appointments;
- Endorsements. These typically sit on the verso of letters requesting some action and are signed as President;
- Legal documents from his time as a lawyer.
A very small sample of the many Lincoln documents we have and have carried:
- Lincoln’s signed order to blockade the Confederacy issued April 19, 1861. This is one of the most important autographs that remain in private hands;
- A letter of Lincoln in which he promised to defend orphans for free, or pro bono;
- Letters of Lincoln mentioning God, referencing Emancipation;
- The final exchange of communications between law partner Herndon and Lincoln;
- The telegram that gave Lincoln the news that the Confederates had entered PA toward Gettysburg.