Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Civil War, Abraham Lincoln

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 779, Lot 192, Civil War, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln. LS ("A. Lincoln"), datelined "Executive Mansion October 1, 1863" to Maj. Genl. Meade: "Let respite of ten days be granted to Herman Barber alias E.W. von Heinecke sentenced to be shot tomorrow for desertion." Written in the hand of John Hay, Lincoln's private secretary, this letter appears in the Collected Works (Vol. VI, pages 491-92). At one time the piece contained the words, "Major Eckert: Send by telgraph at once." at bottom and was trimmed off at an unknown date; paper thinned at upper corners not affecting text, Fine

E. 6,000-8,000
Sale 779, Lot 193, Civil War, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln. Free frank as President ("A. Lincoln") on cover addressed in the hand of Mary Lincoln to a Mrs. Fanny Barrow, Dec. 1864 docketing at L.: "Mrs. President Lincoln", partial Washington cds with integral "Free", cover originally opened along top and right and very skillfully repaired - not affecting signature which is Fine

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale 779, Lot 194, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln[Lincoln]. Negative design with field of stars, used at Albany, N.Y., struck twice, tying 3c Rose (65) vertical pair on small piece, paper with trivial toning at far right, cancels Extremely Fine and bold example of this famous mourning cancel, almost never seen in a multiple

E. 300-500
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[Abraham Lincoln]. Four pressed & dried myrtle leaves taken from the coffin of the President, includes 3pp letter from B.F. Foster writing from Indianapolis on May 16, 1865, to his cousin. After discussing the capture of Jeff Davis, he writes in a P.S.: "I send you a few myrtle Leaves which I took from President Lincoln;s coffin. It is a small memento. I had charge of the decorations in the State House the day his remains were there." Letter with some small separations archivally sealed, Fine and interesting Lincoln souvenir

E. 500-600
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Robert Todd Lincoln. Signature "R.T. Lincoln" as Minister to Great Britian, on large "Legation of the United States at London" envelope and addressed, "Special Passport for the Hon. William E. Curtis of the Department of State, Washington, bearing Despatches to the United States Minister at Madrid." all in his hand, with red wax legation seal on flap, Extremely Fine and choice

E. 400-500
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