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The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his entire lifetime (1809-1865).

New Lincoln document poses a mystery

Papers of Abraham Lincoln finds political motive behind cryptic note with missing sectionLincoln to Swett

March 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – The note is scrawled in Abraham Lincoln’s distinctive hand and carries his signature, but little else is clear. When was it written and to whom? What are the views that Lincoln wants to know more about? And, above all, why was a key name cut out of the note?

Historians at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln believe they’ve solved the riddle of this new Lincoln document. It was a note asking one of Lincoln’s allies to maintain a secret relationship with a notorious political insider during the election of 1860.

Manuscript dealer David Lowenherz of Lion Heart Autographs, Inc., in New York City recently contacted the Papers of Abraham Lincoln about the document, which says:

My dear Sir,
      I thank you for the copy of [clipped section] If you can keep up a correspondence with him without much effort, it will be well enough. I like to know his views occasionally.
                                                                       Yours in haste
                                                                       A Lincoln

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    Lincoln in 1863

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    One of the five extant copies of the Gettysburg Address.  Courtesy of the White House Historical Association.

  • Lincoln 1864

    Lincoln in 1864.

  • Lincoln endorsement

    Lincoln endorsement discharging an under-age soldier, November 1863.  Courtesy of a private collector.

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