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Illustrations of African Americans Freeing Themselves
by Moving Toward Union Lines

[EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, February 21, 1863. 16 pp., complete, disbound.

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General Tom Thumb and his bride grace the front page, but “The Effects of the Proclamation—Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at Newbern, North Carolina” is the most significant illustration, occupying all of the fourth page. Also, “Departure of the Great Southern Expedition from Beaufort, North Carolina”; The Rebel Rams Engaging Our Blockading Fleet Off Charleston, South Carolina”; “Hearts and Hands, St. Valentine’s Day, 1863” is the romantic centerfold; “Ft.  Hindman, Arkansas”; “Iron Clad ‘Montauk’ Engaging the Rebel Fort M’Allister in the Ogeechee River.”

Item #H 2-21-1863, SOLD — please inquire about other items

The Emancipation Proclamation

[EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, January 17, 1863. 16 pp., complete, disbound.

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Two black teamsters duel on the front page; the text of the Emancipation Proclamation is printed on page 2; the execution of 38 Indian murderers at Mankato, Minnesota on page 4, Thomas Nast centerfold: “The War in the West, the War in the Border States.”

Also, illustrations: Winslow Homer, “A Shell in the Rebel Trenches”; a map of Mississippi; the “Reception of the Authorities of New Orleans by General Butler”; “General Bank’s Forces Landing at Baton Rouge, Louisiana”; “Brigadier General James Blunt”; “Brigadier General John M’Neil”; and a cartoon of a black man celebrating his emancipation by declaring himself no longer part of a farm’s livestock, but instead a man.

Item #H 1-17-1863, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Abraham Lincoln’s Re-election Campaign (SOLD)

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Printed Document. Washington, D.C., June 29, 1864, 2 pp.

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The Union Congressional Committee advertises pamphlets of speeches by eminent Republicans, including President Lincoln, James Garfield, and Charles Sumner, for either one or two dollars per hundred copies.

The importance of the pending contest ... cannot be exaggerated. It is not too much to say that the fate of the Union and of Constitutional Liberty on this Continent hangs upon its decision ... a judicious distribution of proper documents and speeches will be found a most helpful agency.”

Item #21101, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Frederick Douglass Signed Deed

FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Document Signed as recorder of deeds, Washington, D.C., 1881-1886. Approx. 3½ x 8½” folded. Sample Frame pictured.

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While Douglass’s letters are scarce, documents signed during his tenure as recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia can be had very reasonably.

Item #20409, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Lincoln Sues a Bridge Contractor for Payment (SOLD)

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

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Item #22878, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Frederick A. Aiken Urging Frémont to Run Against Lincoln

FREDERICK A. AIKEN, Autograph Letter Signed, to John C. Frémont, Washington, D.C., June 12, 1864. 2 pp. 7¾ x 9¾ in.

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With the war going badly, the 1864 election is no shoo-in for the incumbent.

Frederick A. Aiken, former Secretary of the Democratic National Convention, applauds General John C. Frémont’s nomination by the Radical Republicans. He suggests that Frémont will have the blessing of the Democrats if he goes up against Lincoln for the Republican nomination. Aiken went on to serve (unsuccessfully) as defense attorney for Lincoln assassination conspirator Mary Surratt.

Item #20715, $3,200

“Old Neptune” and Samuel P. Lee Together

GIDEON WELLES, Letter Signed as Secretary of the Navy, Navy Department, Washington, June 16, 1865. Co-signed by Samuel Phillips Lee, Rear Admiral in command of Mississippi Squadron, June 20, 1865. On Navy Department stationery, to Worcester Haddock. 1 p.

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Gideon Welles and Samuel P. Lee revoke an appointment at the end of the war.

Item #21893, $900

Abraham Lincoln Throws His Hat into the Ring: Developing the Strategy that Eventually Made Him President (SOLD)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865), Autograph Letter Signed, Springfield, 14 February 1843, to Alden Hull, who represented Tazewell County in Congress from 1838 to 1842. 1 page, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in, with autograph address panel.

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“the most revealing piece of correspondence that has come to light on the methods of personal approach used by the early political Lincoln. (Carl Sandburg)

Item #21994.99, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Recording Lee’s Surrender, Lincoln’s Assassination, and Davis’s Capture in Women’s Clothes (SOLD)

R.E. MERRILL, Autograph Manuscript Signed, Diary, Boston, Mass., 1865. 3 x 4¾”. 176 pp.

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From “the greatest times ever known” to “saddest day I ever saw,” and home in time for baseball -- Bostonian R.E. Merrill’s diary chronicles major events of 1865.

Item #21987, SOLD — please inquire about other items

The Lincoln - Grimsley Trunk (SOLD)

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Dome-top wooden and undressed-cowhide trunk, with key. Label of “William Judson, Trunk Maker… York, [England].” Original hand wrought hardware, including lock and key.

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Just before setting off to begin his presidency, Lincoln stored his personal effects in this trunk.

A week before embarking on his historic rail journey from Springfield to the nation’s capital, President-elect Lincoln filled this much-used trunk with his and Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal effects. He delivered it for safekeeping to Mary’s favorite cousin, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Todd Grimsley.

Item #21924, SOLD — please inquire about other items

The Gettysburg Address – New York Semi-Weekly Tribune First Day of Printing

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, New York Semi-Weekly Tribune, November 20, 1863. Newspaper. New York, N.Y.: Horace Greeley. 8 pp., 15½ x 20⅜ in.

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A rare first day of publication newspaper, with Lincoln’s timeless embodiment of American ideals prominently placed. From November 20, the day after the Address, this original issue starts with Edward Everett’s speech and a report on the ceremonies on page one, and includes Lincoln’s speech on the final page (making it possible to display both together).

Item #26142, $7,500
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