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Lincoln and Grant Pursue the War, McClellan Wants to Call off the Attack: An 1864 Re-Election Cartoon

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Print. “The Old Bull Dog on the Right Track.” New York, Currier & Ives, 1864. 18 x 13½ in.

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Item #22703, $1,400

Ulysses S. Grant’s General Order 67 Announcing Lincoln’s Assassination and Johnson’s Accession to the Presidency: Printed in the Department of the Gulf

[ULYSSES S. GRANT], Printed Document. General Orders No. 67. War Department, Washington, D. C., April 16, 1865. Signed in type by Grant. Printed below Department of the Gulf General Orders No. 49, April 30, 1865, by Command of Major General Banks at New Orleans, also noting the executive transition. Signed by Silas Hannum, 2nd Lt. & Acting AAG. 1 p.

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Item #22705, $850

Lincoln Prepares the Union Army to Vote
in the Election of 1864

SETH WILLIAMS. [ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Letter Signed to Richard N. Batchelder. “Head Qrs Army of the Potomac,” September 1, 1864.

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Written just over a month before the 1864 presidential election, Lincoln was banking on votes of soldier to secure his re-election.

Item #22952, $1,350

Race Baiting Takes Center Stage in the
1864 Presidential Election

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Broadside. Democratic Catechism of Negro Equality. Philadelphia, Pa., July 4, 1863., 6½ x 9 in.

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Republicans counter the ridiculous charge that Lincoln favored African Americans over white Americans. Instead, they use many individual instances to assert an equally absurd claim of a long history of Democratic support of African American rights.

Item #22807, $1,750

Lincoln Shrewdly Plots to Stop the Spread of Slavery
after the Infamous Dred Scott Case

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Letter Signed (“A. Lincoln”) to Richard Yates, Springfield, Ill., March 9, 1858. 2 pp. 8 x 10”.

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A politically re-energized Lincoln shrewdly plots to stop the spread of slavery after the infamous 1857 Dred Scott case.

 

Lincoln asks Illinois’s future governor to plant an anonymous endorsement for Congressional candidate James Matheny in local newspapers. Though Matheny was not a Republican, Lincoln explains, “he is with us” in opposing the Dred Scott decision. Broadening the base of the Republican Party, Lincoln argues, is essential to defeating pro-slavery forces.

Item #21945.99, PRICE ON REQUEST

The Lincoln Nomination Chair (SOLD)

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Chair, bentwood hickory; painted black. [Springfield, Illinois?, ca. 1860].

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Item #22294, SOLD — please inquire about other items

“Your Plan and Mine”:
Fear and Loathing on the 1864 Campaign Trail

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Print. “Your Plan and Mine” New York, N.Y., Currier and Ives, 1864. 16¼ x 11½ in.

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“Your unconditional submission to the Government and laws is all that I demand: and the great & magnanimous Nation that I represent have no desire for revenge upon you, but they will never allow you to again enslave those, who have been made free by your rebellion.”

Item #22626, $4,500

Lincoln as Baseball Champion in The National Game
by Currier and Ives

[BASEBALL; ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Lithograph (attributed to Louis Maurer). The National Game. Three ‘Outs’ and One ‘Run.’ Abraham Winning the Ball. New York, N.Y.: Currier & Ives, 1860. 16 x 11 ¾ in.

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From the year baseball stepped forward as the national sport: Lincoln, the ‘Rail Splitter,’ is depicted as a victorious player, with candidates Bell, Douglas and Breckinridge looking on. This not only is the first identified reference of baseball as the “national game,” but also can be considered the start of the tradition of sports metaphors in American politics.

Item #22627, $13,500

Bills on Women’s Suffrage and Direct Primaries
before the N.Y. Legislature (SOLD)

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to Albert Schack, New York, February 3, 1911

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Item #22091, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Kennedy Seeks to Censure a Priest for
“Attempting to Make a Religious War out of a School Election”

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, Autograph Letter Signed as Congressman, to John Mahanna. On stationery “aboard United Air Lines.” Postmarked with 3¢ stamp at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois, November 6, [1952?]. 2 pp., recto and verso, with envelope addressed by Kennedy.

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Massachusetts Congressman John F. Kennedy makes a powerful statement about the place of religion, specifically his own Catholicism, in politics. Here he criticizes a priest in western Massachusetts for using religion as a political wedge in a local school election, reminding Catholics, who tended to vote Democratic, of the difficulties faced by Al Smith, a Catholic, in his presidential campaign in 1928. “I think that the priest up there should be reprimanded by the Bishop for attempting to make a religious war out of a school election. And then they complain about Al Smith’s treatment.

Item #21552, $7,900

George McClellan Boxing with Robert E. Lee:
Cartoon Celebrating the Union Victory at Antietam (SOLD)

[ANTIETAM]. [ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Lithographic Print, “The Last Round. Little Mac vs Big Charley,” from Wilkes’ Spirit of the Times, New York, N.Y. [after September 17, 1862]. 1 p., 15 x 12 in.

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This political cartoon celebrates the Union victory in the Battle of Antietam, depicting the bloodbath as a boxing contest between Confederate General Robert E. Lee (labeled “Charles” Lee in reference to the Revolutionary War traitor) and Union General George McClellan. European leaders watch as Jefferson Davis exclaims “My Game is Up” and Abraham Lincoln encourages his champion to “Give him fits my darling!” The handlers are African Americans, and Lee appears ready to throw in the sponge. The printer is unspecified, but it was issued by Wilkes’ Spirit of the Times, a New York publication that appealed to upper class sports aficionados.

Item #22318, SOLD — please inquire about other items

An Early Lincoln Campaign Biography

JOHN LOCKE SCRIPPS, Pamphlet, “Tribune Tracts –No. 6. Life of Abraham Lincoln. Chapter 1. Early Life.” New York: Tribune, 1860. 32 pp. Original stitching intact, ads for The New York Tribune and the Tribune Almanac of 1860 on back cover, light age, small tear at bottom right not affecting text, minor chipping, otherwise good. 6 x 9¼ in.

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An early Lincoln campaign biography based on interviews with Lincoln associates in Springfield.

Item #20521, $950

Lincoln vs. McClellan – 1864 Campaign Platforms

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Matching pair of Broadsides, [1864], “The Platforms,” in English. 9½ x 12 in. With “Die Platformen,” in German. 9¾ x 11¾ in. 2 pp. total.

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Courting votes in two languages: An appeal to the votes of recent German immigrants.

Item #21926.02-.03, $2,250

1864 Lincoln Camp Re-election Broadside

[ANDREW JOHNSON], Broadside, [1864], “Who Shall Be Vice-President? / Shall He Be A Loyal Or A Disloyal Man?” The National Union Executive Committee, Astor House, New York, N.Y., 1 p., 9 x 11½ in.

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Item #21926.01, $750

Taking the Copper-Heads to Task in 1864:
“The Peace Democrat for Salt River”

[ELECTION OF 1864], Printed Card. “How are you Copperhead?/ The Peace Democrat/ For Salt River,” with a Democratic Donkey at the center. “‘Honest Abe’ will furnish another Gun Boat for ‘Little Mac’ in November.” 3 x 2½ in.

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Item #20502.01, $400

Taking the Copper-Heads to Task in 1864:
“Another Rebel Raid (on the Ballot Box)
repulsed with great slaughter…”

[ELECTION OF 1864], Printed Card. “How are you Copperhead?/ The Peace Democrat for the Salt River” card, adding, “Another Rebel Raid (on the Ballot Box) repulsed with great slaughter, Oct. 11th 1864.” 3¼ x 3¼ in.

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Item #20502.02, $550

George B. McClellan’s 1864
Presidential Aspirations Are Mocked

[GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN], Broadside, Before Election...After Election, [1864], 3 ¼” x 8”, with top image depicting Little Mac preparing his troops “Before Election,” bottom image showing “Little Mac Badly Defeated” after the election.

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A nice broadside, critical of McClellan’s 1864 presidential aspirations.

Item #20503, $450

Horace Greeley on Publication of a Letter
by Abolitionist Cassius Clay

HORACE GREELEY (1811-1872), Autograph Letter Signed in full and with initials, to Ephraim George Squier [ed. of Hartford Whig Daily Journal], New York, March 26, 1844. 1 p.

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“...take care that every Abolitionist reads this letter this week.”

Item #20729, $1,250

Jackie Robinson Reflects on the Importance of
“the Negro Vote” in Nixon’s Loss to Kennedy

JACKIE ROBINSON, Typed Letter Signed, “Jackie”, to Theodore L. Humes. [n.p.], November 15, 1960. 1 p., on personal letterhead.

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The negro vote was not at all committed to Kennedy, but it went there because Mr. Nixon did not do anything to win it.  I understand his view but felt he was making a mistake …

The famous retired baseball star – at that time an NAACP fundraiser and vice president of Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee – campaigned hard for Richard Nixon in 1960. Here, in the aftermath of defeat, he offers suggestions as to how the party of Lincoln might attract more future African-American voters in his (and Nixon’s) native California.

Item #20588, $5,000

Discontent with Gilded Age Presidential Politics
and the Influence of “the negro vote”

WILLIAM BEACH LAWRENCE (1800-1881), Autograph Letter Signed, to Henry Anthony. Newport [R.I.], November 25, 1872. 4 pp.

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A detailed, despairing letter on campaign politics after the reelection of Ulysses S. Grant. Lawrence observes the humiliating defeat of Democrats and “Liberal Republicans” – who united behind Horace Greeley because of corruption in the Grant administration – in the Election of 1872. Lawrence laments the elevation of personality over merit and virtue in elections, an observation which resonates today. He also expresses concern about how newly enfranchised African Americans tended to vote.  “The negroes are naturally disposed to support those who are in power & whom they invest with superior dignity, on account of the possession of power. …the extraordinary denouement of the Cincinnati Convention has placed in bold relief the mode most unsatisfactory to an intelligent people, by which party conventions are constituted & which are readily made, the instruments of the vilest partisan combinations, carried on by men without character & without principle.

Item #20020, $950
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