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A Naval Physician Describes Tension
Between Lincoln and Admiral Goldsborough

A. S. HEATH. [CIVIL WAR], Autograph Letter Signed, to his wife. 4 pp., 7½ x 9¾ in., “U.S. Steamer Daylight, Beaufort Harbor,” Beaufort, [North Carolina], May 23, 1862.


“the President [Lincoln] gives old [Admiral] Goldsborough fits, threatening to cashier him &c &c.  Good for the President. Had he known what I have, about him (G) he would have come to the same conclusion six months ago.”

Item #22958, $500

Burr Orders Interesting Political Books from His Law Partner

AARON BURR, Autograph Letter Signed, to William Ireson. Albany, N.Y., July 20, 1791.


Item #21480.04, $1,500

Request for Return of Drury’s Men to the General Court Committee Probably Signed by a Lexington-Concord Minuteman

AARON CHAMBERLAIN, Autograph Letter Signed (Aaron Chamberlin), Boston, 29 June 1782, 1 p., to Col. Drury (in Grafton). For “the Three Months that were raisd by Virtue of a Resolve of the 16 of June 1781”.


Item #20639.15, $400

Defending New York in 1776 - Entrenching Tools

ABRAHAM BRINCKERHOFF, Autograph Document Signed. March 16, 1776. 2 pp. A detailed account of various tools delivered and returned for the purposes of constructing defenses around New York City in the spring of 1776. Colonel Abraham Brinckerhoff, “quartermaster of the 2nd battallion” is the officer in charge of supplying the tools. This account records the names of captains on the day’s fatigue duty together with the tools they took for the day’s work including “Pick Axes”, “Shod Shovels,” “Spades,” “Iron Shovels,” and “Axes.” Captains include Jacob Chase, Patrick Birmingham, and others.


Item #21007.64, $1,950

New Jersey’s, “Poor Man’s Counselor” Dockets a Judgment

ABRAHAM CLARK, Document Signed. Judgment in a civil suit. Docketed by Clark on verso. 1 p., 7½ x 5½ in. Lacking 1/4 of leaf and manuscript, edge chipping.


Item #22991.04, $2,500

Lincoln Sues a Bridge Contractor for Payment

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Document Signed. Legal Brief. [Springfield, Ill., April 16, 1839]. 1 p., 7 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.


Item #22878, $12,500

Pro-Lincoln Reelection Broadside

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Pro Lincoln 1864 Campaign Broadside. 1864. 1 p., 10 1/8 x 13 1/8 in.


Item #23110, $600

As Congress Finally Considers an Anti-Slavery Amendment, Lincoln Decides That Sending a Presidential Message to Congress Would Not Help the Cause

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Endorsement Signed as President, to John D. Defrees, Washington, D.C., February 8, 1864. On verso of an excellent content Autograph Letter Signed by Defrees, February 7, 1864.


Item #23199, $55,000

Abraham Lincoln Mourning Stereoview

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Photograph. Lincoln funerary stereoview. c. April 1865, E.F. Smith photographer, Boston, Mass.


Item #22051, $275

A New York Newspaper Prints Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech on the Front Page

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Newspaper. New York Semi-Weekly Tribune, New York, N.Y., February 28, 1860, 8 pp., disbound. The complete text of Lincoln’s speech is printed under the headline: “NATIONAL POLITICS, A Speech, Delivered at the Cooper Institute Last Evening, by, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, of Illinois.”


“Let us have faith that right makes might.”

Item #23139, $9,500

A New York Newspaper Prints Lincoln’s
Cooper Union Speech on the Front Page

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Newspaper. New York Semi-Weekly Tribune, New York, N.Y., February 28, 1860, 8 pp., disbound. The complete text of Lincoln’s speech is printed under the headline: “NATIONAL POLITICS, A Speech, Delivered at the Cooper Institute Last Evening, by, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, of Illinois.”


“Let us have faith that right makes might.”

Item #22847, $9,500

Last Formal Photograph of Lincoln, with Son “Tad”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Albumen Photograph by Bouve, Boston, Mass., February 5, 1865, image 6 ¼ x 8 ½ in., mounted on original board, 8 x 10 in.


In this albumen print, Lincoln’s youngest son Thomas is erroneously called “Thaddeus,” because of nickname “Tad.” An unfinished Washington Monument rises in the background, perhaps referencing the funerary monument motif of a broken column as symbolic of a life cut short.

Item #22350, $3,750

Broadsheet of Lincoln’s 1862 State of the Union Message

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Broadsheet, “Sentinel Extra” [place unknown[1]], ca. December 2, 1862, 9⅛ x 24 in. 2 pp.


We cannot escape history… In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free… We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth...”

One month before signing the Emancipation Proclamation, the president proposes colonization and his plan for compensated emancipation, discusses foreign affairs, reports on progress of the Pacific Railroad, the war and finance. This rare “Sentinel Extra” broadsheet (apparently unrecorded in OCLC) has other news of the day on the verso, including a fantastic article quoting General Meagher’s reaction to the resignation of several officers after McClellan was removed.

Item #22179, $6,500

Lincoln’s Famous Mrs. Bixby Letter:
Consoling the Mother of Five Sons Killed in the War

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Newspaper. New York World, New York, N.Y., November 26, 1864. 8 pp. Lincoln’s letter appears on page 1, column 4.


A front-page printing of President Lincoln’s famous letter to Mrs. Bixby, on her family’s sacrifice for the Republic.

Item #22507, $1,000

Lincoln Pushes for Arkansas Without Slavery

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Letter Signed as President, to Frederick Steele. Washington, D.C., January 27, 1864. 1 p., 7¾ x 9¾ in. On Executive Mansion stationery.


After announcing his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction on December 8, 1863, Lincoln paid close attention to two Arkansas groups both aiming for reunion. Here, the president is concerned about potential conflicts with his plan, but in the end, both plans coincided in the key detail of ending slavery.


Lincoln is Thrice Rejected

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Letter Signed as President, to Edwin Stanton. Washington, D.C., May 15, 1862. With Lincoln Autographed Endorsement Signed, December 15 1862, 4 p., with internal blank leaves, 5 x 8 in. On verso: Autograph Endorsement Signed by Lorenzo Thomas, May 15, 1862, and a second Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed, December 11, 1862.


Lincoln runs into red tape as he advocates for Captain Symmes Gardner’s renomination as assistant quartermaster. Lincoln adds two endorsements seven months after his initial letter to the Secretary of War, making this an exceedingly rare, triple-signed Lincoln letter.

Item #22828, $32,500

Lincoln Calls for a Draft Two Days Before the Battle of Gettysburg

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Partially Printed Document Signed as President. Washington, D.C., June 30, 1863. 1p., 7¾ x 9¾ in.


Lincoln signed this draft call establishing quotas for the State of Connecticut only two days before the massive bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Two weeks later in New York, a similar call led to four-day rioting, with widespread looting, arson, and murder.

Item #22642, $24,000

Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to Secretary of State William H. Seward, “Executive Mansion,” Washington, D.C., March 5, 1862. Signed at bottom by “William H. Seward,” with a note in an unidentified contemporary hand. 1 p. 4¾ x 7¼ in.


The United States is the only nation in history to end slavery through Civil War. Nations as diverse as Russia, the British Empire, France, Brazil, and others around the world ended their reliance on slave labor through legislative means that included some form of compensation to slaveowners for their lost “assets.” Here, President Lincoln requests that Secretary of State William Seward summon a meeting of the Cabinet. The following day, the president presented a special message to Congress with his plan end slavery through compensation. There were no takers among the slaveholding border states. The brevity of Lincoln’s letter belies its far-reaching implications and the tantalizing possibilities of “what might have been.”


Gathering Additional Information
for Alexander Hamilton’s 1791 Report on Manufactures

ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Manuscript Letter Signed Secretarially, Treasury Department, June 22, 1791. 13 x 8¼ in., 1 p., both sides.


Hamilton’s final report was a founding document of American economic policy. To ensure the most up-to-date and “accurate information…of the manufactures of every kind carried on within the limits of your district,” he makes a second request for information—this time from the agents of a newly-created federal bureaucracy.

Item #22457, $9,500

Future Revolutionary War General Alexander McDougall Reports to Future NYC Mayor Richard Varick on the Payments to Wives of Soldiers

ALEXANDER MCDOUGALL, Autograph Letter Signed, to Richard Varick, New York, N.Y., October 13, 1775. 7¼ x 12⅛ in. 2 pp., with integral address leaf. Docketed by Varick.


“I am now in too Critical a state to pay any more money...Because if I is uncertain but I may Pay those, whose principals or husbands may be either Dead or Defected...”

Item #22604.02, $2,400
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