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The Bixby letter from Abraham Lincoln...
Item # 604649
December 2, 1864
THE LIBERATOR, Boston, Dec. 2, 1864 This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by William Lloyd Garrison, featuring a terrific masthead with 3 vignettes including a slave auction and slaves being emancipated (see).
Certainly the most significant content is the report on page 3 which is prefaced with: "The following letter was yesterday received...for Mrs. Bixby, the lady of this city referred to in General Schouler's communication...as having sent five sons into the war, every one of whom has fallen nobly in battle. It appears that she has also sent another son to the war, who is now suffering from wounds...On learning of her case, President Lincoln immediately forwarded this letter:..." and what follows is his letter, dated Nov. 21, 1864 from the "Executive Mansion" to Lydia Bixby, signed by him in type: A. Lincoln (see). Also 2 follow-up items as well. This is considered by many to be one of the finest works of writing by Lincoln, along with his Gettysburg Address (see hyperlink for more).
Four pages, a bit irregular at the spine, generally nice condition.