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Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln autographs often fetch very high prices. They can vary greatly from important political content like an Abraham Lincoln autographed letter on Executive Mansion stationary and signed military appointments to documents such as small pieces of clipped paper bearing just an Abraham Lincoln autograph.

Nate D. Sanders has sold over 100 Abraham Lincoln autographs. They can be viewed below:

Abraham Lincoln Autograph CDV as President — John Hay Certifies Signature as Authentic on Verso

Exceptionally rare Abraham Lincoln autographed carte-de-visite photograph, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1861 and signed as President. Signed ”A. Lincoln” below the seated portrait of Lincoln. John Hay, Lincoln’s private secretary, authenticates the signature upon the verso by writing, ”I certify that the President’s signature is genuine / John Hay”. With ”Brady’s National Portrait Gallery” backstamp. Measures 2.5” x 3.75”. Very good with some foxing and wear, but with a strong signature by Lincoln. With provenance from Profiles in History and with a COA from Charles Hamilton. Sold for $49,913.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

COA for Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter

Abraham Lincoln signed autograph letter to Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury. Written the year Lincoln’s second term began, the letter refers to the “Reconstruction” plan Lincoln was in the process of executing. The plan called for protectionism, arguably a more immediate cause of the American Civil War than the abolition of slavery. In 1864, before the war ended, Abraham Lincoln raised trade taxes to the highest level they had ever reached to cripple the South, while the southern states were pro-free trade. On 8 December 1863, Lincoln announced his reconstruction program during his Annual Message to Congress. The only person who objected to this message was Sec. Chase. Here, Lincoln mentions looking over the trade rules again with Chase to hurt the Confederacy. Reads in full: “Executive Mansion, Washington, Jan. 27, 1864/ Hon. Sec. Of Treasury/ My dear Sir/ It has occurred to me that when you get a proof sheet in print of the new trade rules we better look over them again with a little care/ Yours truly / A(braham) Lincoln (signed).” Folds showing, two small spots on right margin, otherwise nicely matted in 10.5″ x 13.5″ frame. Mint. An excellent Abraham Lincoln signed autograph letter. Sold for $32,548.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Superb Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President, Regarding Possible War Profiteering During the Civil War — “…I expected that when…the price of a…gun was fixed, it would stand…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President with exceptional content regarding arms requisitions, dated 23 April 1862 during the early years of the Civil War as the government’s military expenditures were dramatically increasing. Lincoln’s legal instincts are sharp here, as he analyzes a contract for the purchase of guns, putting a contractor on notice that varying prices will be challenged, and making sure that the government doesn’t fall victim to war profiteering or fraud. Sold for $20,124.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

COA for Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President — Lincoln Comes to the Aid of a “Minuteman of ’61”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President, dated 1 October 1861, to Secretary of War Simon Cameron. From the Executive Mansion, Lincoln entreats Cameron to help Benjamin F. Watson, a Minuteman from Massachusetts’ 6th Infantry, to find a new job in the Army after his 90 day service expired. In full, “My Dear Sir: The Post-Master General and myself have especial reasons for wishing to oblige Mr. Benjamin F. Watson, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has been appointed an Assistant Paymaster or Pay. M. of Volunteers; but he wishes the same position in the regular Army. If there is any vacancy, not committed to any other person, let Mr. Watson have it. If there be no such vacancy, oblige him as far as you can, by sending him to service at the place which suits him best. Yours truly, A. Lincoln”. Watson had been a Postmaster in Lawrence, Massachusetts under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan, but lost that position when he accepted a commission as Lt. Colonel in the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry — the Minutemen of ’61, a 90-day regiment that was the first to heed the urgent call for service by Lincoln in April 1861 (it had actually been organized in January 1861 in preparation for possible war). When Watson’s 90-day service was up he found himself out of a job, thus Lincoln’s unusual intercession on his behalf. After Watson’s service as Paymaster ended in 1864, he would return as Postmaster to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where he also purchased the Lawrence Sentinel newspaper. This handwritten letter measures approximately 8″ x 10″ and bears a Philp & Solomons stationers seal at top left. In near fine condition with no notable defects. Single page with blank integral leaf, ideal for framing. An exceptional and moving war-dated letter by President Lincoln. Sold for $20,939.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President — Lincoln Soothes Ruffled Feathers: “…This morning your brother came to me again…and insisted that there is still another place…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President, “A. Lincoln”. Letter addressed to George M. Weston in Augusta, Maine is datelined the Executive Mansion, 28 September 1861, entirely in Lincoln’s hand. Content reads, “My dear sir, Some time ago I told your brother if he would get Gen. Ripley to say he denies his (your brother’s) acceptance as Military Store keeper I would be inclined to appoint him. He brought in a note from Gen. Ripley saying he was competent, but in which he does not say he wishes his appointment and seemed to think he had got what I suggested – I however wrote the Sec. of War favorable to his appointment…A. Lincoln”. 2pp. letter measures 4.25″ x 7″. Light dampstaining to lower blank margin of second leaf and tape repairs to separation along edges, else near fine. Protectively housed in a beautiful 9″ x 11.5″ custom slipcase of deep blue fabric with ribbed black leather spine, lettered in gilt: “A.L.S. / Sept. 28, / 1861 / A. / Lincoln”. Sold for $18,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Long Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President on Executive Mansion Stationery Regarding a Brigadier General Appointment

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed, “A. Lincoln” as President. Upon “Executive Mansion” stationery, letter is addressed to one General Halleck. Datelined Washington, 8 December 1862, letter reads, “…This morning Hon. Mr. Granger & Hon. Robert J. Walker call to ask that Col. Justus I McCarty may be appointed a Brigadier General. They say he has a good record; and I shall be obliged if you will have it examined in reference to such appointment. He was nominated last session, and fell among the large number passed over by the Senate. It is said the Secretary of War fully understands the case…” 1pp. Measures 5″ x 8″. Letter shows a single crease as a fold through center and has been framed with a portrait of Lincoln to an overall size of 16.5″ x 13.25″, else very good. Originally from the Sotheby’s Roy P. Crocker auction, held 28 November 1979, lot 194. Sold for $18,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment as President — Lincoln Appoints a Brigadier General, Union General Speed S. Fry — Signed With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Handsome vellum document Abraham Lincoln autographed as President, with Lincoln appointing Speed S. Fry Brigadier General of Volunteers. Dated 22 March 1862, Lincoln signs with his full name, ”Abraham Lincoln” at lower right. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Folds and light dampstaining along bottom and right edge. Overall very good condition with fully intact blue paper seal. Sold for $15,588.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President in 1864 Prior to His Relection — “…let the one [New Jersey Colonel] having best testimonials be nominated for a Brigadier General…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President, deftly using his power as President to affect state politics prior to his 1864 reelection. In a letter to his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Lincoln writes on 24 May 1864 on Executive Mansion letterhead: “Hon. Sec. of War. / Dear Sir, If there be any one or more New-Jersey Colonels commanding Brigades, let the one having best testimonials be nominated for a Brigadier General, if it can, or be soon as it can be, consistently done- Yours truly / A. Lincoln”. At this time, Lincoln was preparing for his second Presidential election in November 1864 and cognizant that New Jersey was one of the few Union states to have voted Democrat in 1860. The President was therefore likely using the opportunity to promote a New Jersey Colonel in an attempt to swing popular opinion in the Garden State to his favor, since political defeat in 1864 was increasingly the surest route that the South had in stopping the war. As it turns out, the Democrats nominated General George McClellan of New Jersey to run against Lincoln, and New Jersey again went Democrat in 1864. Single page letter measures 4.75″ x 7.75″. Letter is hinged at top to mat measuring 8.75″ x 12″. Vertical crease repaired on verso, band of toning to lower portion of page. and very subtle trimming of 1/16″ to lower left. Overall very good condition with bold writing and signature. With a COA from University Archives. Sold for $15,300.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed From 1857 as a Lawyer in Springfield, Illinois on a Land Fraud Case — ”…I was greatly vexed…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed, datelined Springfield (Illinois) on 28 December 1857. As a 48-year old lawyer, Lincoln writes to his client William H. Davenport, the plaintiff in ”Davenport v. Sconce and Don Carlos”, a case involving fraud and collusion at the General Land Office in Danville, Illinois. Lincoln writes in full, ”W.H. Davenport / Dear Sir: / When I went to Danville in the fall I found that [defendant, Land Agent] Don Carlos had not yet been served with process. I was greatly vexed, and made an affidavit to have a publication made for him, as one who was evading process – Before the end of the term Drake & Moses (lawyers) concluded to, and did enter his appearance, upon which they were ruled to file answers by some day this winter – I think Jany. 1, but not quite certain – That was all I could do – When the answers shall be filed, I ought to have copies of them & I have not yet provided for getting them – / Yours very truly / A. Lincoln.” Lincoln would ultimately prevail for his client shortly before being elected President in November 1860. Letter measures 7.75” x 9.75” on laid paper with ”Windsor Mills” watermark. Partial separation along folds, repaired with tape to verso. A few spots of discoloration, overall in very good condition. Letter is published in ”The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln”, edited by Roy Basler and published in 1953. Sold for $15,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Just Five Months After Start of Civil War — 1861 Corps of Engineers Commission — Excellent Full Signature

President Abraham Lincoln, in office for just six months, signs a military commission, dated 19 September 1861. The President appoints Haldimand S. Putnam to the rank of second lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers by signing, “Abraham Lincoln”. The text of the commission, below an illustration of an American eagle, reads in part: “…Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Haldimand S. Putnam, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers in the service of the United States…” The April 1861 start of the Civil War created a need for new officers in the Corps, as officers transferred to other services or joined the Confederate cause. Putnam became an officer straight out of West Point and would serve until his death at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. The commission is countersigned by Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s first Secretary of War. A vibrant blue embossed Department of War seal is affixed to the 15.75″ x 19.5″ parchment document. Docketing is present on the face of the commission. Minor separation to folds not affecting signature, else very good. A large clear Lincoln signature on a document executed at a crucial time in American history. Sold for $13,936.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Military Autograph Document From 1862 — Lincoln Appoints William “Bull” Nelson as Major General — Nelson Was Famously Murdered by Union General Jefferson C. Davis

Abraham Lincoln autograph military document signed “Abraham Lincoln” on 19 July 1862, appointing Civil War hero William “Bull” Nelson as Major General during the Civil War. Nelson was one of only four soldiers from Kentucky to be appointed as Major General in the Civil War, and was famously murdered by Union Adjutant-General Jefferson C. Davis in an argument on 27 September 1862. Though beloved by his rank and file soldiers, Nelson was disliked by some of his fellow officers due to his high expectations of them. On the day of Nelson’s death, after being dismissed by Nelson as a “puppy”, Davis borrowed a pistol from a fellow officer and shot Nelson in the chest, who said as he lay dying, “Send for a clergyman; I wish to be baptized. I have been basely murdered”. Document features blue stamped seal of the United States War Department to upper left, with Lincoln’s unusually full signature of “Abraham Lincoln” to lower right. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Large vellum document measures 14.75″ x 19″. Restoration to document with two tears archivally repaired on verso. Foxing and small errant pen mark to lower right. Very good condition overall. Sold for $12,641.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Personal Accounts of Abraham Lincoln

Archive of more than 125 original letters, manuscripts, annotated signatures and statements, handwritten and typed, collected by John Boos from which the 2005 book, “Rare Personal Accounts of Abraham Lincoln” was compiled. Bound into five unique volumes. Author John E. Boos sent blank sheets of paper upon which the recipient could handwrite or type their remembrances for the eventual binding; he even penciled a margin-line near the left edge. John E. Boos has included typed biographies of most of the people who answered his request to write about Lincoln. He has also typed background information where he felt it was necessary and added a few illustrations. Each of the five books has been professionally bound with gilt title on the spine: “Douglas Debates” (148pp.; includes Part One and Part Two of the 2005 book), “Father Abraham’s Soldiers/Thomas” (96pp. ; Part Four), “Father Abraham’s Soldiers/Guards” (120pp.; Part Five), “Brigham” (20pp.; Part Six), and “Lincoln Assassination” (135pp.; Part Eight). Excerpt: Typed Manuscript Signed “James Tanner,” 8pp., 6″ x 9″. Corporal James Tanner was present in the Peterson House where Lincoln was brought after he was shot. A War Department clerk, he was asked to take notes by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton as the search for the assassin was planned and carried out. “…Several times Mr. Stanton left us a few moments and passed back to the room…at the end of the hall where the President lay. The doors were open and sometimes there would be a few seconds of absolute silence, when we could hear plainly the stertorous breathing of the dying man…Miss [Clara] Harris supported Mrs. Lincoln down the hallway to her husband’s bedside…Mrs. Lincoln was not at the bedside when her husband breathed his last. Indeed, I think, it was nearly if not quite two hours before the end, when she paid her last visit to the death chamber and when she passed our door on her return, she cried out, ‘Oh my God! and have I given my husband to die.’…I stood quite near the head of the bed and from that position had full view of Mr. Stanton across the President’s body. At my right, Robert Lincoln sobbed on the shoulder of Charles Sumner. Stanton’s gaze was fixed intently on the countenance of his dying chief…The first indication that the dreaded end had come was at twenty-two minutes past seven when the Surgeon General gently crossed the pulseless hands of Lincoln across the motionless breast, and rose to his feet…Mr. Stanton raised his head, the tears streaming down his cheeks. A more agonized expression I never saw on a human countenance as he sobbed out the words, ‘He belongs to the ages now.’…” Accompanied by a first edition copy of the book by John Boos, edited by William R. Freeheley & Bill Snack. Cadillac, Michigan: Rail Splitter Publishing: 2005. A unique Lincoln historical assemblage which could easily be removed from the bindings by the buyer if so desired. Sold for $11,400.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autographed Lengthy Handwritten Endorsement — Lincoln Appoints the Nephew of Abolitionist Senator Benjamin Wade as Pressure to Emancipate Intensifies

Exceptional Civil War-dated handwritten endorsement with Abraham Lincoln autograph as President, dated 17 September 1862, five days before Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Endorsement is written on the verso of a two-page letter by Secretary of the Interior Caleb Smith, recommending the appointment of J.W. Brigsten, nephew of powerful Radical Republican Senator Bejamin Wade who chaired the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Lincoln’s endorsement reads in full, “If another Assistant Paymaster is needed, let Mr. Brigsten be appointed. He is a relative of Senator Wade (though residing in Penn) in whom I know the Senator feels a deep interest. / A. Lincoln / Sept. 17, 1862”. Secretary Smith’s letter, dated 12 September 1852, reads in part, “To the President / Sir / J. W. Brigsten Esq, a nephew of Senator Wade has been employed during the past year as a Clerk in the Census Office but in consequence…of the completion of the work I have been compelled to discontinue him…I respectfully recommend his appointment as a Paymaster in the Volunteer Forces for which I think he is admirably qualified.” Senator Benjamin Wade of Ohio was one of a minority of Radical Republicans who often criticized Lincoln for his pragmatist approach to slavery, even saying of the President that his views on slavery “could only come of one born of poor white trash and educated in a slave State.” A powerful member of the Senate however, Lincoln had to mollify him as best he could, especially during this time when heavy pressure was being exerted on the President to emancipate the slaves, a politically unpopular cause which Lincoln personally supported. Lincoln’s opportunity would come just days later, after the first major Union victory at Antietam. Document measures 8″ x 10″, beautifully double matted and framed to a size of 38″ x 20.5″. Framed presentation includes copies of both pages of Smith’s letter, a descriptive plaque and a portrait of Lincoln. Endorsement is in very good condition, with a light brush to first initial of signature, a few small areas of ink erosion, and overall light showthrough from writing on verso. Sold for $10,745.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President — Near Fine With Full, ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Elegant document with Abraham Lincoln autograph as President, appointing Joseph Wilbar as Postmaster in Taunton, Massachusetts. Signed with his full name, ”Abraham Lincoln”, document dated 18 December 1861 is countersigned by Secretary of State William Seward. Measures 13.5” x 9.5” with paper covered red wax seal to verso. Folds and small repair to fold on verso. Overall near fine. Sold for $10,210.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Near Mint Condition Military Document Signed From 1863 — Appointing a Soldier KIA at Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln autograph document on 23 February 1863, appointing Silas A. Miller as 2nd Lieutenant of the 12th U.S. Infantry. Miller would be KIA on the 2nd of July of that year at Gettysburg. Document features a blue stamped seal of the United States War department, and contains Lincoln’s signature to lower right. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Large vellum document measures 15” x 19”, in a 24” x 29” frame bearing a small plaque reading ”Abraham Lincoln / February 23, 1863”. Folds to document and light discoloration along bottom. Very good to near fine. Sold for $10,068.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Signed Check

Abraham Lincoln signed check. Printed check signed, “A. Lincoln” in black ink. Dated 16 April 1860 and drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Springfield, $10.00 check paid to H.G. Fitzhugh. Blue ink printed check with marine vignette to left border measures approximately 7.25″ x 2.5″. Neat cancellation slips. Very good condition. Sold for $9,518.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Civil War Military Commission Signed as President — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission signed as President during the Civil War, appointing a Second Lieutenant on 1 August 1864. Lincoln elegantly signs with his full signature ”Abraham Lincoln” at lower right, countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Vellum document measures 15.75” x 19”, with intact green paper seal and military vignettes. Framed to 23.75” x 28.25”. Some shadowing of seal from folding and light discoloration, overall in very good plus condition with an unusually bold signature by Lincoln. Sold for $9,375.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1860 Check Signed — Made Out Entirely in Lincoln’s Hand on the Day That Lincoln Argued a Case Before the Illinois Supreme Court — With PSA/DNA COA

Highly desirable 1860 check signed by the nation’s then rising star, Abraham Lincoln and made out entirely in his hand. Drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, check is dated 12 January 1860, the day that Lincoln argued a case before the Illinois Supreme Court, defending the Illinois Central Railroad against a lawsuit filed by the state concerning unpaid taxes. Lincoln also traded in his old buggy to a carriage maker on this day and wrote the check offered here, payable to Ruth, Matheny & Watson for $5.00. Signed ”A. Lincoln”. Measures 7.25” x 2.25”. With cancellation cut above signature, overall in near fine condition. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $9,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Abraham Lincoln Autographed 4-Language Ship’s Paper — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

As President, Abraham Lincoln autographed his full name in black ink to a blank ship’s passport. Document is co-signed by Secretary of State, William H. Seward. Document retains its paper seal of the United States and is printed in 4 languages: French, Spanish, English and Dutch, respectively. Measures 19.5” x 16”. Minor repairs at folds, overall near fine condition. Sold for $9,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1860 Check Signed — Just Days Before His Presidential Election

Abraham Lincoln autographed check, dated 16 October 1860 by Lincoln and made out to “Telegraph Company” in the amount of ten dollars and eighty-one cents. Only a few weeks later, on 6 November 1860, Lincoln would win a divisive presidential election, setting the stage for civil war. Signed “A. Lincoln”. Check measures 7.75″ x 3″, with some dampstaining causing light smudging to signature, and one punched hole along left edge. Very good condition. Sold for $9,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed 1862

President Abraham Lincoln autograph manuscript document signed “Abraham Lincoln.” Datelined Washington, D.C., 2 July 1862, document headed “Abraham Lincoln / President of the United States of America,” reads in full: “To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas, at the May term, A.D. 1860, of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia, one James Brayley was convicted of kidnapping, and sentenced to pay a fine of one thousand dollars and to be imprisoned for three years in the Penitentiary of the District of Columbia;- And whereas, the said James Brayley has now served out more than two-thirds of his aforesaid term, and has conducted himself in a humble, exemplary, and truly penitent manner;- And whereas, it credibly appears that the said James Brayley has a wife and children, who are respected and beloved in the community where they reside, and who are now in extreme destitution and suffering for want of his supporting care;- And whereas, many highly respectable citizens of Port Chester, New York, have urgently recommended the said James Brayley to Executive clemency;- Now therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, divers other good and sufficient reasons me thereunto moving, have granted and do hereby grant unto him, the said James Brayley, a full and unconditional pardon. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this Second day of July, A.D. 1862, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-sixth.” By 1861, the Penitentiary of the District of Columbia, opened in 1831, was deteriorating and, according to David K. Sullivan in “Behind Prison Walls: The Operation of the District Penitentiary, 1831-1862” in “Records of the Columbia Historical Society” (Washington, D.C., 1971), “even the warden was describing the penitentiary as …at best, a dreary, lonesome habitation’ … At the time this deterioration was reaching advanced stages, the demand of the war effort intervened. President Abraham Lincoln reported to Secretary of the Interior Caleb Smith, who had jurisdiction over the District penitentiary, that the prison was …absolutely necessary’ for military purposes. Lincoln, in his capacity as commander-in-chief, ordered Smith to turn the penitentiary over to the War Department and transfer the convicts to other prisons. These directives were carried out in September, 1862. Thereafter, criminals from the District were sent to the Albany, New York State prison, and the District penitentiary became part of the Army Arsenal…With the exception of its use a few years later for the confinement, trial, and execution of those charged with conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln, the District penitentiary never again served the purposes for which it had been originally constructed.” 2pp. document measures 10.5″ x 16.5″, front and verso. Complete embossed seal of the United States, 2.5″ diameter with serrated edges, is at the left of the final paragraph. Professionally strengthened at two horizontal folds, one passing through “F.W. Seward” signature as Acting Secretary of State. Lincoln’s full signature is superb. Fine condition. Sold for $8,880.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Document Signed as President During the Civil War — Signed With His Full Signature, ”Abraham Lincoln” — Near Fine Condition

Abraham Lincoln autograph military document signed as President. Here, Lincoln appoints Simon F. Barstow to Assistant Adjutant General with the rank of Captain; Barstow would later be given a citation for bravery during the Battle of Gettysburg. Dated 6 March 1862, Lincoln signs ”Abraham Lincoln” above an elaborate engraved vignette. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Vellum document has intact blue seal. Measures 14.5” x 18.5”. In beautiful condition with typical folds and remarkably, no toning. Near fine condition. Sold for $8,750.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed With a Bold, Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature — Signed Very Early in His Presidency on 28 March 1861

Large document signed by President Abraham Lincoln, signed in the first weeks of his presidency, on 28 March 1861. Lincoln appoints Nathaniel Low, Jr. as Postmaster of Dover New Hampshire. With a full ”Abraham Lincoln” signature and also countersigned by William Seward, who served as Lincoln’s Secretary of State. Very few Lincoln signatures exist from the four weeks of peace before the outbreak of Civil War on 12 April 1861. Document measures 17.5” x 11.5”, partially affixed to a linen mat. Folds and some foxing, overall in very good condition. Sold for $8,750.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed as President — Written on Executive Mansion Stationery

Abraham Lincoln autograph letter signed as President, dated 26 July 1862. Written on ”Executive Mansion, Washington” stationery, letter reads: ”Dear Sir / Herewith I send you my autograph which you desire. Yours Truly” and then signed by Lincoln, ”A. Lincoln”. Card-style letter measures 5” x 8”. Two horizontal folds not affecting signature and very minor toning, otherwise near fine condition, with a very bold and striking signature by Lincoln. With a COA from University Archives. Sold for $8,750.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed — ”If the gentlemen…are, as they say, workmen…Major Ramsey better employ them…”

Handwritten note by President Abraham Lincoln autographed ”A. Lincoln” in the early stages of the Civil War as both sides were quickly industrializing for combat. Dated 31 October 1861, note reads in full, ”If the gentlemen bearing this are, as they say, workmen in the line of works at the Arsenal, I think Major Ramsey better employ them. A. Lincoln / Oct. 31 1861.” A hint of frustration can be felt in Lincoln’s note, only days after the Union’s humiliating defeat at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, which resulted in Congressional oversight of the war through formation of the Committee on the Conduct of the War. In this note, Lincoln refers to then Lt. Colonel George Ramsay, Commander of Arsenals, incorrectly identifying him as Major, although he was promoted a few months earlier, and ultimately made General in 1863. Notecard measures 3.25” x 2”. Uniformly toned and moderately foxed. Overall in very good condition, easily readable and visually engaging. Originally sold by 1930’s autograph dealer Thomas F. Madigan as evidenced from label of original, included frame. Sold for $8,711.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Signed Check — 1 October 1860 — Holograph Check Entirely in Lincoln’s Hand

Abraham Lincoln autograph signed check, dated 1 October 1860, just a month before he was elected President. Handwritten check, printed in blue ink and boldly signed “A. Lincoln” in black ink, is drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, payable to John McKee in the amount of $3.00. A decorative vignette of Great Western Job Office is displayed at the left border of the paper check which measures 7.75″ x 2.75″. Neat cancellation slips and light toning on the right edge, else near fine condition. Sold for $8,486.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Noted Signed as President — Lincoln Personally Confirms a Military Appointment During the Civil War — With COA From PSA/DNA

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President on 27 March 1862. Lincoln responds to a letter by Senator James F. Windsor, requesting the appointment of William Warren as Quartermaster in Iowa. Lincoln hand-writes, ”Let the appointment of William A. Warren, as written requested, be made. / A. Lincoln / March 27, 1862.” Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Light uniform toning and separation starting along folds, overall very good plus condition. With COA from PSA/DNA. Sold for $8,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President in 1865 — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Just a month before his death, Abraham Lincoln signs an official Presidential appointment “Abraham Lincoln” with an engraving of his name arching across the top. The document appoints Jeremiah Lothrop to the position of “Appraiser of Merchandise for the Port of New York in the State of New York”. Acting Secretary of the Treasury George Harrington countersigns. The lower left bears a faintly embossed Treasury Department seal. Partly printed document is dated 7 March 1865 and measures 17.75″ x 14″. 1″ separation at top fold, else near fine condition. A fantastic, bold Abraham Lincoln signature. Sold for $7,986.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President — Lincoln Appoints a Civil War Soldier to Captain

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission signed in beautifully preserved condition. Document dated 4 March 1864 appoints John W. Acheson to the rank of Captain, after serving with the hard-fighting 85th Pennsylvania Infantry for nearly three years; Acheson would be wounded at Jonesboro later that year and became a physician after the war. Document displays the original bright green seal, fully intact, as well as the classic military motifs found on Lincoln’s military appointments. Vellum document is countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and features Lincoln’s full signature, “Abraham Lincoln”. Measures 15.5″ x 19.5″. In near fine condition with one small hole above Stanton’s signature and fold lines, a light one through Lincoln’s signature. Light foxing along perimeter. Very fine example of this most desirable Civil War document, with a beautiful Lincoln signature. Sold for $7,866.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed During the Civil War — Endorsing Judge Henry Pirtle’s Suggestion to Have his Son, Alfred Pirtle, Promoted to Assistant Adjutant General

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President, dated 5 February 1864. Lincoln writes his note on a letter he received from Kentucky Judge Henry Pirtle, who encourages Lincoln to promote his son: “…My son, Alfred Pirtle has been in the Federal service ever since the 18th Sept. 1861, when Buckner threatened Louisville. He went that day as a volunteer to meet the army of traitors…he set about assisting Col. Curran Pope in raising the Ky. regiment of infantry afterwords called the 15th…Governor Tod soon gave him a commission in the 10th Ohio…at the battle of Stone River…at the battle of Chicamauga, where his general was killed…I take the liberty to enclose to you copies of the letter of Generals Sheridan, McCook, Rousseau and Thomas to the Governor of Kentucky recommending him for a field office…He has great anxiety to be useful in putting down the rebellion…He is a young man of fine education, has had experience in the office of the Assistant Adjutant General, having acted as such for a considerable time. Pardon me while, with much deference and respect, I ask you to give him the appointment of Assistant Adjutant General, with the rank of Major. He would rather be in the field…He is now at Louisville, detailed on a General court martial by Maj. Genl. Foster.” In response, Lincoln writes on verso of letter, “I would like for Judge Pirtle to be obliged in this case, if it can be consistently done. A. Lincoln / Feb. 5, 1864″. Of interest is that Lincoln could not get Pirtle the promotion — the soldier achieved no higher rank and left the service six months later. Gilt frame with rich gray mat measures 30.5″ x 16.75”. Letter, on four pages, measures 15″ x 9.5″, with Lincoln’s note and signature displayed. Near fine condition. Sold for $7,800.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Civil War Military Commission Signed as President — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission signed as President during the Civil War, appointing a Paymaster to the Union Army on 24 May 1864. At this point in the war, Union forces were finally on the other side of the Rapidan River, with Atlanta in their sights, although the war wouldn’t be over for another year with thousands more casualties in the meantime. Lincoln elegantly signs with his full signature “Abraham Lincoln” at lower right, countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Vellum document measures 14.75″ x 18.5″. Unusually well preserved, with intact blue paper seal and very little toning or creasing. Smoothed quarter folds and some fading to ink, although Lincoln’s signature remains strong. In very good plus condition. Sold for $7,586.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President in May 1862 — “…With the permission of the Secretary of War, and of the commanding general…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President during the Civil War. Lincoln writes in full: “With the permission of the Secretary of War, and of the commanding general at each place visited I shall be pleased with every facility afforded Mr. Newman, in the execution of the perform within expressed – / A. Lincoln / May 2, 1862″. Composed in ink measuring 3.5″ x 5.75”. Affixed to 8″ x 10″ mat with one piece of double-sided tape. Wood frame measures 13″ x 15″ with glass pane. 0.25″ tear on right and left edge and minor wear, overall very good condition. Sold for $7,580.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Document Signed From 1863 — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Civil War military document signed by Abraham Lincoln on 5 December 1863, appointing Captain John R. Jennings as Assistant Quartermaster. Document features a green stamped seal of the United States War department, and contains Lincoln’s full signature to lower right, ”Abraham Lincoln”. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Large vellum document measures 15.75” x 19”. Folds, otherwise near fine. Sold for $7,563.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President During the Civil War — With Full Signature, in Near Fine Condition

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, at the start of the Civil War on 16 July 1861. Lincoln here appoints John W. Veeder as Deputy Postmaster of Schenectady, New York, just two weeks after Lincoln ceased delivery of mail to the Confederate south. With a full “Abraham Lincoln” signature to lower right, and countersigned by Secretary of State William Seward. Partially printed document measures 18″ x 13″, framed to 36.5″ x 25″. Weighs 11 lbs., 9 oz. Folds to document and very light toning. Lincoln’s signature remains bold. Overall in near fine condition. Sold for $7,560.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Document Signed in 1863 — Lincoln Appoints William Nelson as First Lieutenant of the 13th Infantry During the Civil War — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

President Abraham Lincoln autograph military document signed on 8 June 1863, confirming the appointment of William Nelson as First Lieutenant of the 13th Infantry. Partially printed document features embossed seal of the United States War Department and Lincoln’s full, bold signature, “Abraham Lincoln”. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Large document measures 15″ x 20″. Folds to document and light toning. Very good plus condition. Sold for $7,540.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President, Appointing Henry Wetmore U.S. Consul to Peru — Wetmore Would Later Head a Campaign to Register Former Slaves to Vote

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, appointing Henry S. Wetmore as U.S. Consul to Peru on 14 February 1865. Beautiful diplomatic document with wax-based paper seal shows Lincoln’s full ”Abraham Lincoln” signature, countersigned by William Seward as Secretary of State. Wetmore commanded the 9th Ohio Battery during the Civil War and would later be in charge of registering former slaves to vote in Savannah, Georgia. He also advocated for Chinese laborers in Peru, whose treatment he witnessed first hand as Consul. Document measures 22.5” x 17.5”. Partial separation along vertical fold at bottom, with some paper loss, and a few small holes at intersecting folds, otherwise near fine condition with a bold, unobstructed signature by Lincoln. Sold for $7,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph April 1861 Signed Appointment as President — Less Than a Week After the Start of the Civil War

As President, Abraham Lincoln sings his full name in black ink to a document, appointing Stillman E. Dana to the position of ”Deputy Postmaster at Portage City, in the State of Wisconsin” on 18 April 1861, just 6 weeks after Lincoln officially took office and less than a week after Fort Sumter. Lincoln signs boldly and clearly ”Abraham Lincoln” at lower right. Document retains its paper seal at lower left and is co-signed by Secretary of State, William H. Seward. Measures 15” x 9.75”. 2” closed tear to top edge, 0.5” closed tear to left edge, small losses to right edge at folds, minor holes at intersecting folds and minor creasing, but overall very good condition with little toning and striking signature. Sold for $7,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Lincoln Asks His Secretaries of State & War for Their Opinion

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President, addressed to his Secretary of State William Seward and his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Composed entirely in Lincoln’s hand, note reads in full, ”Sec. of State, and of War, please give me their opinions whether this court named within can now be dispensed with consistently with the public service. A. Lincoln / Oct. 12, 1863”. Single page measures 7.75” x 9.75”. Folds and very light soiling, overall very good condition with bold handwriting. Sold for $7,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President — With Bold ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature — Lincoln Appoints an Anti-Slavery Speaker as U.S. Attorney Just Days Before the Civil War

As President, Abraham Lincoln signs his full name in black ink to a document, appointing Edwin C. Larned as ”Attorney of the United States in & for the Northern District of Illinois” on 28 March 1861. Lincoln entered office just 24 days prior, on 4 March 1861, and the Civil War would break out 15 days later. Larned was an anti-slavery public speaker and personal friend of Lincoln. Document is co-signed by William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and retains its Presidential paper seal at lower left. Document measures 15.5” x 9.5”, framed to 20.5” x 15.5”. Minor holing at fold intersections, otherwise near fine with a bold signature by Lincoln. Sold for $7,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, dated 1 July 1864 from Washington D.C. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Here, Lincoln appoints Henry M. Bragg as Aide de Camp with rank of Captain. Attractive, post-facto commission, as Bragg was already serving as aide-de-camp to General Gillmore when the latter demanded the surrender of Fort Sumter in August of 1863. Bragg himself was depicted by print-makers Currier and Ives raising the Union Flag over Fort Sumter when it was recaptured. Ornate document is boldly signed “Abraham Lincoln”, with patriotic motifs depicted at top and bottom, and original royal blue seal intact. Document, measuring 15″ x 19″ has minor foxing and creasing throughout, with a crease running through Lincoln’s signature. Also includes docketing in red ink by Assistant Adjutant General Ed Townsend at top left. Overall very good condition. Sold for $7,320.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

1860 Check Written and Signed by Abraham Lincoln — Year of His Successful Campaign for President

Abraham Lincoln autograph handwritten and signed check, dated 28 January 1860, and made out to ”W.P. McKinnie” in the amount of $4.20. Check, drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, is signed in ink, ”A. Lincoln”. Just a month after this check was signed, Lincoln delivered his important Cooper Union Speech to New York Republicans, a milestone in his quest for the Presidency. In May 1860, Lincoln became the Republican candidate for President and would campaign throughout 1860 until his success at the polls in November. Minor smudging to signature on 7.75” x 2.75” check, else near fine condition. Sold for $7,199.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed at Start of Civil War

President Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed regarding official relations between the United States and Denmark during the Civil War. Dated 10 July 1861, partially printed document reads, “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Full Power, authorizing him to negotiate and conclude additional articles, touching the desertion of seamen, to the Convention between the U. States and Denmark, of 26th April 1826.” Single page document measures 8″ x 10″ on light blue-grey paper. Two horizontal folds, toning to edges and light creasing. Small chips to right edge and some tape remnants to verso. Overall very good condition. Sold for $7,151.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President — Lincoln Pardons Two Confederate POW’s After They Take Oaths of Allegiance to the United States

Autograph endorsement signed “A. Lincoln” as President dated 23 January 1864, pardoning and discharging two Kentucky Confederate Prisoners of War confined at the notorious Camp Douglas prison. As prescribed in Lincoln’s proclamation issued six weeks earlier, “…all persons who have…participated in the existing rebellion…a full pardon is hereby granted to them, with restoration of all rights of property, except as to slaves, who have taken oaths of allegiance to the United States.” Document in Lincoln’s hand reads in full, “Let the persons above named, take the oath of Dec. 8, and be discharged. A. Lincoln. Jan. 23, 1864.” On verso of this 8″ x 12.25″ lined sheet reads the particulars of the two men John M. Smith and Samuel B. Lyons, who have signed the document along with a notary public. During their time at Camp Douglas, which experienced the highest casualty rate of any prison — Union or Confederate — during the war, temperatures sank to 25 degrees below zero with prisoners often forced to sleep outside in tents. Raised seal at lower left of page with POW’s signatures. Evidence of a line erasure above President Lincoln’s endorsement, ostensibly listing the names of the two prisoners of war. Expertly strengthened at horizontal folds and silked for preservation. Very good condition. Sold for $7,151.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed on 5 April 1861, One Week Before Start of Civil War — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed on 5 April 1861, days before the outbreak of the Civil War and a month into Lincoln’s Presidency. Lincoln gives title of “Receiver of Public Money” in the Washington Territory to Samuel W. Brown, who would later serve as President of the Vancouver and Yakima Railroad. Document features full “Abraham Lincoln” signature and is countersigned by Caleb Blood Smith as Secretary of the Interior. Measures 14.75″ x 20″, with embossed seal. Folds with separation just starting at edges, and faint spotting. Near fine. Sold for $7,151.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed 1865

President Abraham Lincoln autograph signed military appointment document. Datelined Washington, 1 March 1865, document appoints Samuel L. Woodward “Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers with the rank of Major.” Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Docket at upper left by the Adjutant General’s Office. Normal vignettes at top and bottom. Vellum measuring 20″ x 15.5″. Some toning. One vertical crease and three horizontal folds, one of which runs through the blue War Department seal and one through Lincoln’s signature, which is slightly faded. Very good condition. Sold for $7,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President — 1864 Postmaster Appointment

Very attractive Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, dated 18 May 1864. Partly printed document appoints Daniel B. Greene as Deputy Postmaster to Ypsilianti, Michigan for a four year term. With blindstamped United States of America seal to lower left portion. Countersigned by the Secretary of State William H. Seward. 12″ x 9″ document matted and framed to an overall size of 22.75″ x 19.75″. Lincoln’s signature very clear and dark. Document split along portions of fold and minor sunning to left hand side, neither of which affects signature. Overall a nicely preserved item in good condition. Sold for $6,951.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Outstanding Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President — Regarding the 1864 Confederate Treason Trials in Indiana

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, concerning the treason trials of William Bowles and Harrison Dodd in Indiana. Lincoln signs the verso of a War Department telegram from Indiana Governor Oliver Morton, “Submitted to the Sec. of War / A. Lincoln / Nov. 14, 1864.” In the lengthy telegram, Morton writes to Lincoln on 11 November 1864 from Indianapolis, regarding compensation for “…Maj. H.L. Burnett who has been prosecuting the treason trials in Indianapolis against Dodd Bowles & others…Justice requires that Maj. Burnett should receive such promotion as will enable him to pay expenses which his present salary does not & I ask if as a special favor that this shall receive your immediate attention…” Major Henry Burnett headed the military commission that prosecuted William Bowles and Harrison Dodd, leaders in the northern anti-war movement who organized secret Confederate militias and aided John Hunt Morgan’s raid into Indiana. In the fall of 1864, Bowles, Dodd and two other men were arrested and successfully prosecuted for treason, but ultimately acquitted by the U.S. Supreme Court (in Ex parte Milligan) because they were inappropriately tried before a military tribunal rather than in a civilian court. Document measures 10″ x 7.5″. Folds and browning along edges, otherwise near fine. Sold for $6,942.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1863 Military Commission Signed as President — Signed With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln signs his full name as President to this U.S. Army document dated 23 February 1863, appointing Daniel F. Wells to the position of ”Second Lieutenant in the Eighth Regiment of Infantry”, whose CDV is attached at lower left. Document is countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Signed ”Abraham Lincoln” at right, above decorative war vignette. Vellum document measures 15” x 19”. Folds and light wear typical of vellum, overall very good plus condition, with a bold signature by Lincoln. Sold for $6,875.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln 1862 Autograph Note Signed as President — Lincoln Requests Pass Into Union-Held North Carolina Town

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President, dated 15 August 1862 during the Civil War. Lincoln handwrites his note on a 3.25″ x 2″ card attached with ribbon and red wax seal to a letter from the Quarter-Master General’s Office, Washington City. Note reads: “…Quarter-Master, General, please give the bearer, Mr. Foster, a pass to Newbern, N.C.” It is signed clearly: “A Lincoln”. Quarter-Master General Montgomery Meigs, in turn, complies with the President’s request by signing this 7.75″ x 6″ four-page note on lined stationery and attaching the card: “…All Quarter Masters will respect the request of the President on the card attached.” Docketing is present on last page of the document. Card shows minor toning and foxing not affecting Lincoln’s excellent signature; overall very good condition. Quarter-master note has expected folds, minor foxing and toning with ribbon and wax seal intact; overall very good. Sold for $6,868.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed in Wonderful Condition — With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph signed Postal appointment for John D. Strong of Jacksonville, Illinois. Jacksonville was on Lincoln’s circuit while he was practicing law. Mr. Strong was not only a friend, but a contributor and organizer for Lincoln during his Presidential Campaign of 1860. The appointment is counter-signed by William H. Seward as Secretary of State. Measures 15.25″ x 11.25″. In near fine condition. Sold for $6,809.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1862 Military Document Signed as President — Immaculate Condition

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed “Abraham Lincoln” as President. The martyred leader’s signature validates George A. Kensel’s wartime appointment to the position of Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain. Kensel’s promotion is listed effective 3 August 1861, though this wasn’t signed until 6 February 1862. 1pp. partially-printed document is countersigned by Lincoln’s Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. A blue War Department seal is affixed to the upper portion of the certificate, just beneath the title arcing across the top that reads: “President of the United States of America”. Measures 14.75″ x 19.5″. Folds, else fine. Sold for $6,809.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1864 Document Signed — Excellent Full Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, dated 21 July 1864. Only the month before, Lincoln had been nominated as the National Union Party candidate for re-election to the Presidency, with Andrew Johnson as a running mate. In addition to being in the midst of a political campaign, Lincoln had been contending with the very real threat of Confederates attacking Washington, until they were rebuffed at the Battle of Ft. Stevens on 13 July. This document is related to a diplomatic matter, the appointment of a new ambassador to Sweden. Jacob Haldeman, the ambassador appointed by Lincoln in 1861, made his sympathy for the Confederacy known, which cost him his post. He was replaced by James Campbell in May 1864. This warrant authorizes Secretary of State William Seward to affix the President’s seal to an envelope addressed to Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway, containing the letter of credence introducing Campbell. The President signs his full name, ”Abraham Lincoln”. The 8” x 10” document is affixed to a 12” x 14” mat board. Spots of glue residue and minor soiling to mat board; ink smudging and minor soiling to warrant, not affecting signature. Overall in very good plus condition. A nice large, clean Lincoln signature. Sold for $6,691.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Signed Appointment as President — 1861

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed ”Abraham Lincoln” as President. Dated 2 October 1861, document appoints Nathaniel K. Sargent to Collector of the Customs for the District of Kennebunk in the State of Maine. Countersigned by Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury. Partially-printed document bears an embossed Treasury seal. The top of the document bears Lincoln’s name and title printed in large lettering: ”President of the United States of America”. Measures 16.75” x 11”. Toning and dampstaining with slight rippling to top edge. Separation to the upper third of central vertical fold, and a small chip at upper left corner. Very good condition. With PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $6,691,

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Gorgeous, Near Mint Condition Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President during his first term in office. Document, dated 12 February 1862 promotes one James K. Kelly to 2nd Lieutenant in the army’s Third Regiment of Artillery. Edwin Stanton countersigns as Secretary of War, and a blue seal is affixed to the upper left quadrant. Document is beautifully matted below an etching of Lincoln and framed to an overall size of 23.5” x 32.5”. Creasing, mounting and docketing notations in red ink to upper left corner, else near fine. Sold for $6,691.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

1861 Abraham Lincoln Autograph Signed Document

Rare document signed by Abraham Lincoln just eleven days after his inauguration. Military appointment dated 15 March 1861 appoints “…William B. Dayton…Second Lieutenant of Infantry…” Signed by Lincoln to lower right. Also signed by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War. Lincoln’s full name signature appears especially large, dark and bold. Embossed seal remains intact. Document shows minor staining and slight toning. Document measures 14.5″ x 10″; framed image measures 21″ x 16″. Excellent condition. Sold for $6,672.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

1861 Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1863 Military Commission Signed as President — Signed With Full “Abraham Lincoln” Signature

As President, Abraham Lincoln signs his full name to a U.S. Army document dated 3 March 1863, appointing Lemuel B. Norton to the position of “Captain in the Signal Corps”. Document is co-signed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Signed “Abraham Lincoln” at lower right, above decorative war vignette. Document measures 14″ x 18.75″. Fold through signature, overall in very good condition, with a prominent signature by Lincoln. Sold for $6,566.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Signed Military Appointment as President — 1864

Abraham Lincoln signs ”Abraham Lincoln” as President during the last year of his life to a document dated posthumously 7 July 1864. Here, George A. Fiske, Jr. is appointed to the position of Additional Paymaster of Volunteers in the service of the United States. Partially printed document is countersigned by Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War. A blue War Office seal is affixed to the lower left. Measures 14” x 20”. Attractively matted in a black wooden frame to an overall size of 22.75” x 27”. Toning, creasing, and ink notations to upper left. Near fine. Frame is in fine condition. Sold for $6,544.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln  AutographCivil War Military Document Signed as President — With Bold, Full Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President. Dated 9 September 1861, Lincoln signs at the conclusion with his full name, ”Abraham Lincoln”. In so doing he makes effective Charles O. Wood’s appointment to the position of Second Lieutenant in the Ninth Regiment of Infantry. Wood was part of the distinguished Wood military family and led forces to stop the New York Draft Riots. A green War Office seal is affixed to the upper left. Partially-printed document measures 15.5” x 19”. Rippling and creasing, else near fine. Sold for $6,544.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1864 Military Appointment Signed as President — With Full Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph military appointment boldly signed ”Abraham Lincoln”, dated 1 August 1864 and countersigned by Secretary of War, ”Edwin Stanton”. With handsome engraved military and patriotic vignettes flanking text, document appoints a John Jones from Pennsylvania ”First Lieutenant of the Veteran Reserve Corps.” Jones mustered into the Pennsylvania 143rd Infantry on 18 December 1862 and was the adjutant of the 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry, later fighting at Gettysburg where he was wounded and eventually discharged. Document measures 16” x 19.5” with a recorder’s office notation and signature at top left. Folds, toning and missing seal, overall very good. Also includes a first edition of ”Character and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln” by William M. Thayer. Dinsmoor and Company: Boston: 1864. 75pp. book is bound in paper wraps, measuring 4.5” x 7”. Very good. Sold for $6,544.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Desirable Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President — Clear, Full Signature

Document signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 August 1864 in connection with the appointment of a military captain. Document features a clear Presidential signature in brown ink with a green seal and countersigned “E.M. Stanton” by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Engraved “President of the United States of America” on top with an illustration along the bottom. Document reads in full: “To all who shall see these presents greeting: Know ye that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Theodore E. Kickeler I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Captain in the Veteran Reserve Corps in the service of the United States: to rank as such from the twenty eighth day of August eighteen hundred and sixty three. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Captain by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as Captain. And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the General or other superior Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War. This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.” Large, 19.5″ x 16″ document has some small spots of dampstaining, not affecting signature. Expected folds, toning and minimal chipping at edges. Very good condition. Sold for $6,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Near-Mint Condition Military Document Signed as President — 1864

Abraham Lincoln autograph military appointment signed “Abraham Lincoln” and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. One vellum page partly-printed measuring 15.75″ x 19.75″ and dated 1 April 1864. With handsome engraved military and patriotic vignettes, and dark blue seal of the Department of War in the upper left. The document appoints “John Hamilton…Second Lieutenant in the First regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States.” Docketing writing in red to upper left, intersecting folds and scattered toning. Overall very good condition. Sold for $6,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed 1862

Abraham Lincoln autograph appointment document signed as President. Single page vellum document dated 26 March 1862, appoints Herbert M. Griffiths as a Carpenter in the United States Navy. Countersigned by Gideon Welles as Secretary of the Navy. Accompanied by genealogical information on the Griffiths family. Document measures 13.5″ x 15.75″. Paper seal remains intact. Usual folds and some scattered soiling. Toning apparent along outer edges. Overall very good condition. Sold for $6,480.

Abraham Lincoln autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed 1862

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission document signed as President. Single page vellum document dated 5 February 1862, appointing Charles Merchant a Colonel in the Fourth Regiment of Artillery. Countersigned by Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War. Document measures 14″ x 18″. Framed with photograph and engraved plaque. Excellent condition. Sold for $6,400.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature, Lincoln Appoints a Register to the Kansas Land Office at the Start of the Civil War — With PSA/DNA COA

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, appointing Robert McBratney to Register of the Land Office in Junction City, Kansas. Coined ”Bleeding Kansas”, the state was famously at the center of pre-Civil War hostilities over whether it would be a free or slave state. Lincoln signs at lower right with his full signature, ”Abraham Lincoln” on 26 April 1861, just after the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Form Sumter. Document measures 18” x 14”, beautifully framed in red moire silk matting with a photograph of Lincoln to a size of 36.5” x 24.5”. Folds, otherwise near fine condition. With an auction COA from PSA/DNA. Sold for $6,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President in August 1861

Autograph endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President during the Civil War. Lincoln writes ”Respectfully submitted to the Sec. of War. / A. Lincoln / Aug. 29, 1861” below portion written by Senator James McDougall of California. McDougall writes, ”I recommend the within appointment / James McDougall”. Accompanied by engraving of Lincoln for framing. Document measures 3.5” x 4”. Some toning and smudging, and affixed to larger piece of paper. Overall in very good condition with still bold and distinctive handwriting. Sold for $6,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President — Lincoln Issues Amnesty to Confederate Soldier

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, dated 5 January 1865, issuing amnesty to a Confederate soldier according to the Proclamation of Amnesty on 8 December 1863, where Confederates would be given amnesty if they took the oath of allegiance to the United States. Lincoln hand writes, ”Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged. / A. Lincoln / Jan. 5, 1865”. Endorsement measures 3.25” x 3”. Period writing to verso. Overall very good condition. Bold writing and signature by Lincoln. Sold for $6,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President in 1861, Just Days Before Fort Sumter — Signed With Lincoln’s Full Name ”Abraham Lincoln”

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, just eleven days after his inauguration in 1861. Military appointment dated 15 March 1861 appoints ”William B. Dayton…Second Lieutenant of Infantry”. Elegantly signed by Lincoln with his full name to lower right, ”Abraham Lincoln”. Countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, and with blindstamped seal at lower left. Visible portion of document measures 13.5” x 8.5”, framed to 21” x 16”. Uniform toning and restoration along folds on verso. Very good to near fine condition. Sold for $6,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Pardoning a Former Confederate

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President. Lincoln’s note reads in full, “Let this man be discharged on taking the oath of Dec. 8, 1863. / A. Lincoln / Dec. 8, 1864″. Single ruled sheet measures 3″ x 2.25″. Mounted and framed with an engraving of Lincoln to an overall size of 7.5″ x 11.5”. Signed note has not been removed from frame for inspection but appears to be near fine save for toning, fading, a small tear near the “a” in “oath” and some irregularity to the right edge. A handsome note from the last year of Lincoln’s extraordinary life. Sold for $6,250.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President — Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton

Abraham Lincoln military appointment signed as President, dated 1 July 1864 from Washington, D.C. Ornate document is boldly signed “Abraham Lincoln” with patriotic motifs depicted at top and bottom and original green seal intact. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, document appoints a Charles Henry Howard as Aide-de-Camp with the rank of Major, with an apparent hand-written note of receipt in the upper left corner. Howard, who was the younger brother to General Oliver Otis Howard, fought in the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Chattanooga. Document measures 15″ x 19″ and is mounted to a backboard. With some foxing and toning throughout, else near fine. Sold for $6,218.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1863 Political Appointment Signed as President — With Full Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, dated 19 September 1863 from Washington, D.C. Here, the President signs fully ”Abraham Lincoln” rather than simply using his first initial as he most often signs. Countersigned by William Seward as Secretary of State. Document appoints a C.C. Sholes of Wisconsin, ”…Consul of the United States of America, at Singapore…” Document, with original blindstamped seal intact at lower left measures 20” x 13”. With toning and folds throughout causing some separation, through archivally repaired on verso, chipping to edges and notations to verso. Very good condition overall. Sold for $6,083.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Regarding a Correspondence Received From Union General David Hunter

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President. Dated at the outbreak of Civil War, Lincoln writes in full: ”The Mr. Cram spoken of by Genl. Hunter is the same as I understand whose reappointment I directed at the request of Senator Harris. / A. Lincoln / August 28, 1861”. The note is added to a panel of a letter sent to Lincoln by General David Hunter, requesting to meet with him. Hunter’s letter reads in part: ”…a great injury has been done to a very worthy gentleman, Capt. Geo. C. Cram, lately appointed in my Regiment of Cavalry…” Capt. George C. Cram served in the Cavalry Division of the 2nd Brigade; General Hunter would go on to organize the first black regiment from freed slaves in South Carolina, the 1st South Carolina. He also headed the military commission that tried Lincoln’s assassination conspirators. Lincoln’s note appears on a 3.5” x 7.75” panel. Hunter’s letter bearing Lincoln’s ANS runs 4pp. on 2 sheets. Handsomely matted alongside engraved portraits of Lincoln, Hunter and a plaque about Lincoln in a gilt carved wood frame to an overall size of 34.25” x 30.5”. Near fine. Sold for $6,083.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President in October of 1862

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President. Just a month after the first battle on Union soil at Antietam, the wartime president writes decisively in full: ”If another Quarter Master is needed, let Judge Hays be appointed. A.Lincoln / Oct 23, 1862”. Above his note is a message in another hand, recommending: ”…Judge Hayes…for his appointment as Qr. Master. / Geo. W. Browne”. Panel upon which note appears measures 3.5” x 7.75”. Toning, pinholes to the corners and chipping to the left edge with separation to fold connecting integral blank. Very good. Sold for $6,083.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1864 Document Signed as President — With a Beautiful, Full Signature

President Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed, dated 23 February 1864, as well as a collection of Lincoln-related items. Countersigned by Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, document appoints a John W. Killinger as assessor of internal revenue in the Tenth Collection District of Pennsylvania. “Abraham Lincoln” signature is bold and clear. Original blindstamped seal intact. Very minor creasing and two small 1.5″ tears along right edge and top edge, else very good condition. Document is nicely framed to an overall size of 21.75″ x 17.75″. Includes original letter to Killinger informing him of his appointment, dated 28 October 1863. Additionally, lot includes a variety of related items including, (1) Killinger’s personal 1859 copy of The Constitution; (2) a copy of a speech Killinger delivered to the House of Representatives on 14 March 1860; (3) a 1pp. 17 April 1865 printed Treasury Department document signed on “mourning stationery” by Secretary of the Treasury, “H McCulloch” instructing Treasury members to “wear crape upon the left arm for the period of six months” to honor President Lincoln. Lastly, includes (4) an Abraham Lincoln silk Stevengraph, depicting a portrait of the President in a black frame. Some minor wear and tape residue to edge, else very good. Overall very good condition. Sold for $6,083.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President — Lincoln Issues Amnesty to Confederate Soldier

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, dated 17 March 1865, issuing amnesty to a Confederate soldier according to the Proclamation of Amnesty on 8 December 1863, where Confederates would be given amnesty if they took the oath of allegiance to the United States. Lincoln hand writes, “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged. / A. Lincoln / March 17, 1865″. Clipped endorsement measures approximately 2.75″ x 1.5”. Period writing and piece of mounting tape to verso. Overall very good condition. Bold writing and signature by Lincoln. Sold for $6,035.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed From 1863 — Lincoln Asks His Secretary of War to See the Powerful Abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed from January 1863, shortly after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln writes to his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton: “Sec. of War, please see & hear the bearer Mr. Stevens. / A. Lincoln / Jan 9, 1863.” The Mr. Stevens is most certainly Thaddeus Stevens, the very powerful Congressman who advocated for the abolition of slavery and the redistribution of land from slave owners to freedmen. As Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, he controlled the purse strings of the Civil War, and worked closely with Lincoln on the Emancipation Proclamation. At this time in January 1863, Lincoln was discussing “compensated emancipation” (slaves being paid for their work), which Stevens might have discussed with Stanton. Note measures 3.25″ x 2″. Mounted to card stock and light soiling, overall very good condition. Sold for $6,014.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

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Abraham Lincoln Autograph Civil War Dated Endorsement Signed as President — “Respectfully submitted to the War Department. A. Lincoln / Sep. 16. 1861”

Abraham Lincoln autograph war endorsement signed as President, dated 16 September 1861. Here, Lincoln endorses a letter sent to him, dated 7 September 1861 on “Naval Office, District of Philadelphia” stationery. Letter to Lincoln reads in part: “His Excellency, A. Lincoln…Gen. Wm. H. Keim the present ‘Auditor General’ of the State is anxious to return to the service of the Country & he desires his wish to be made known to you. Gen. Keim was at one time our Representative in Congress. He has devoted considerable attention to military affairs & at the commencement of the rebellion he was appointed Brig. General by the Governor of the State. I shall be glad to learn that you have assigned him such a position, as you may think, his merits deserve…” Lincoln writes his endorsement on the verso: “Respectfully submitted to War Department. A. Lincoln / Sep. 16. 1861”. 10″ x 8″ document has minor smudging to signature and small separation at fold, not affecting Lincoln’s writing. Very good condition. Sold for $6,001.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln 1861 Autograph Endorsement Signed “A. Lincoln” — Just as the Civil War Was Beginning

President Abraham Lincoln Civil-War dated autograph endorsement signed “A. Lincoln”, dated 8 June 1861 from Washington. Here, William Pointdexter Thomasson appeals to Lincoln to appoint his son, Charles Thomasson, as paymaster in the Army, as was promised. His letter reads: “To his Excellency the President, Our mutual friend Joshua F. Speed Esq. of Louisville Kentucky kindly said that my son Charles L. Thomasson has known from infancy should be appointed paymaster in the army of the United States – And he informed Charles that you had promised to him the next appointment after that of Dr. Wallace. A list of appointments appeared in the papers yesterday Charles not of them. Will your Excellency be pleased to signify…whether my son may continue to expect an appointment. Please excuse what may be thought over as anxiety of a father who has been your firm friend. Truly yours, Will P. Thomasson”. President Lincoln responds on verso of blank leaf: “It must not be long till Mr. Thomasson, named within, is appointed a Pay-Master / A. Lincoln / June 8, 1861”. With additional docketing on verso of blank leaf reading: “Charles L. Thomasson Ky for Paymastership By his father W.P. Thomasson”. Document measures 7.25″ x 4.25″ on 2pp., card-style, with writing to front and verso of blank leaf. Toning and foxing throughout, and some expected folds, overall very good condition. Sold for $6,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President — Lincoln Mistakenly Dates the Proclamation of Amnesty as 8 December 1864

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, dated 13 August 1864, issuing amnesty to a Confederate soldier according to the Proclamation of Amnesty of 8 December 1863. Here, Lincoln incorrectly dates the amnesty as 1864, handwriting, ”Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1864 and be discharged. / A. Lincoln / Aug. 13, 1864”. Slip measures 3.75” x 3”. Toning, smudge to a few words and mounting tape to verso. Overall very good condition with an unusual mistake by Lincoln. Sold for $6,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed as President — 12 March 1863

Civil War-dated document signed by Abraham Lincoln as President, datelined Washington, 12 March 1863. Partially printed document on vellum bears an attractive full signature by the President, ”Abraham Lincoln”, counter-signed by William Seward as Secretary of State. 16.75 x 14” document appoints Michael Larner to the Levy Court of Washington County in the District of Columbia. Matted and framed with a portrait of Lincoln and an engraving of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lightly toned, more so to extremeties, and faint dampstain to far right corner. Overall in very good condition, nicely preserved, with a clear, bold signature by Lincoln. Sold for $5,948.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

1860 Check Written and Signed by Abraham Lincoln — In the Midst of His Campaign for President

Abraham Lincoln handwritten and signed check, dated 25 August 1860, and made out to ”Barbara Dunkel” in the amount of $14.57. Check, drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, is signed in pencil, ”A. Lincoln”. In May 1860, Lincoln became the Republican candidate for President and would campaign throughout 1860 until his success at the polls in November. Minor soiling to 7.75” x 2.75” check, else very good condition. A fine tribute to Honest Abe who assumes the honesty of others by signing this check in pencil. Sold for $5,948.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln War-Dated Endorsement Signed on 6 May 1864 on the Back of a Full Letter — While the Battle of the Wilderness Raged in Virginia

War-dated handwritten endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President, dated 6 May 1864, at the pivotal point in the Civil War when General Grant launched the Overland Campaign with the Battle of the Wilderness. Lincoln writes ”Let this appointment be made, if the service of another officer of that class can be made useful. / A. Lincoln / May 6, 1864”. Endorsement appears on the verso of the second integral leaf of a letter to Lincoln by Frederick B. Lilley, whom requests the appointment. Dated 25 April 1864. Lilley’s letter reads in part, ”I respectfully solicit the appointment of Assistant Pay-Master in the Volunteer Service. I am a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and believe that I possess the requisite qualifications.” Lilley, incidentally, would later be arrested on bribery charges while serving as deputy auditor of the Post Office. 7.75” x 10” document is in very good condition with partial separations along folds and some light toning and soiling to endorsement panel. A boldly penned example from a crucial time in the Civil War. Sold for $5,948.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement as President — Lincoln Issues Amnesty to Confederate Soldier

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement as President, dated 9 March 1865, issuing amnesty to a Confederate soldier according to the Proclamation of Amnesty on 8 December 1863, where Confederates would be given amnesty if they took the oath of allegiance to the United States. Clipped endorsement is signed ”A Lincoln”. Body of text is written by Lincoln’s secretary John Hay. 3.125” x 1.75” slip has remnants of prior mounting to corners of verso. Overall very good with bold signature by Lincoln. Sold for $5,938.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President — Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton

Abraham Lincoln autograph military appointment signed as President, dated 7 July 1864. Countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Here, Lincoln appoints a Joseph H. Wilson Assistant Quartermaster of the Volunteers, with the rank of Captain. Includes two ornate motifs at top and bottom of document, with an original blue mounted seal and docketing annotations at top left reading: “Recorded volume 18 page 24 Lieutenant General’s office July 7th 1864” signed “Ed Townsend Asst. Adjt. General”. Document measures 14.5″ x 19″, with minor wrinkling throughout, and is nicely framed to an overall size of 23.5″ x 28″. Signed clearly “Abraham Lincoln”. Near fine. Sold for $5,910.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Signed Presidential Appointment — 7 May 1861

President Abraham Lincoln autograph signed Presidential appointment document. Partly-printed document dated 7 May 1861 appoints Joseph J. Coombs of the District of Columbia as “Examiner-in-chief” of the United States Patent Office. Countersigned by Caleb B. Smith, as Secretary of the Interior. Measures 13.25″ x 17″; matted and framed to 22″ x 25.5″. With deep embossed official seal at lower left. Large Lincoln signature measures 3″ long and is clear and bold. Fine condition. Sold for $5,910.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed 1863

Abraham Lincoln autograph signed Presidential appointment document. Dated 16 April 1863, document appoints Thomas H. Clay, son of Henry Clay, as Resident Minister of Honduras. Signed boldly at conclusion, “Abraham Lincoln.” Countersigned by Secretary of State William Seward. Original seal intact. Document shows usual folds, not affecting Lincoln signature. Document measures 17″ x 11″ and is attached to matting. Overall light toning, else good condition. Sold for $5,910.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Lincoln Recommends Soldier’s Discharge in 1863

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President, dated 27 October 1863, during the Civil War and just a few weeks before Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Note, addressed to the Secretary of War, reads, “I support by what Hon. Mr. Kellogg, of Michigan, says of his personal knowledge, this boy should be discharged, but I submit it to the Secretary of War / A. Lincoln”. Pewter-toned frame measures 21.75″ x 15.75″. Note, with a one line docket written in red ink below note and signature, measures 3.5″ x 6″. Also includes portrait engraving of the 16th President. Near fine condition. Sold for $5,910.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed With Full Signature as President

Rare Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed “Abraham Lincoln” as President. Lincoln typically abbreviated his name to A. Lincoln; his full name as he signs here is unusual. Dated 26 July 1861, the document appoints Scott W. Updike to a four-year term as Deputy Postmaster in Rochester, New York. Lincoln’s name is handwritten in calligraphy across the top, above his printed title “President of the United States of America”. Single-page, partially-printed document bears a blind embossed presidential seal to the lower left and is countersigned by William H. Seward as Secretary of State. Framed to an overall size of 17.25″ x 12.25″. Creasing and small spots of separation to fold intersections, else near fine. Sold for $5,838.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — “…he has served in the war, is disabled, and now wants employment – I shall be glad if he can get it…”

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President dated 1 September 1863, regarding a disabled Civil War veteran. Note reads in full, “I do not know the bearer, but he says he has served in the war, is disabled, and now wants employment – I shall be glad if he can get it. A. Lincoln / Sept. 1, 1863.” The clearly-signed note dates exactly eight months after Lincoln ended slavery with his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and about two months before he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Inked on cardstock, note measures 3.25″ x 2″. Paper remnants from framing to verso. Toning, a few small stains, and a tiny circular hole punched near center of top edge. Overall very good condition. A 5″ x 7″ engraving from a Brady photograph is included for framing. Sold for $5,830.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed During the Civil War — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission signed as President. Lincoln here appoints William Cruikshank to the District of Columbia militia, otherwise known as the ”Andrew Johnson Guards”. Lincoln signs on 16 May 1861 with a full, bold ”Abraham Lincoln” signature. Measure 16” x 10”. Block of toning from previous framing and separation along folds. Document is loosely attached to backing paper, which is then mounted at top to board. Overall in very good condition with a prominent signature. Sold for $5,625.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Large, Nice Military Appointment Signed by Abraham Lincoln as President

Attractive military appointment signed by Abraham Lincoln, dated 7 August 1861. Official document features engraved military and eagle motifs, the President’s title along the top, and an intact, bright green seal. Document appoints Calvin W. Judd as an Additional Paymaster for the U.S. Army. Nicely signed at the bottom, “Abraham Lincoln” and countersigned by Secretary of War Simon Cameron. Docketing notations at top left from the Adjutant-General’s Office. 14″ x 17.5″ vellum document neatly mounted to board, maybe slight trimmed borders. Light toning, overall in very good plus condition. Sold for $5,514.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

1860 Check Written and Signed by Abraham Lincoln — Just Before Becoming the Republican Presidential Candidate

Abraham Lincoln handwritten and signed check, dated 14 March 1860, and made out to “Susan A. Bailey” in the amount of $2.10. Check, drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, is signed in pencil, “A. Lincoln”. In May 1860, Lincoln became the Republican candidate for President and would campaign throughout 1860 until his success at the polls in November. The 7″ x 2.5″ check is in very good condition. Sold for $5,500.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed During the Civil War — 1862

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed ”Abraham Lincoln” as President. Dated 8 March 1862, it appoints Nathaniel K. Sargent to Collector of the Customs for the District of Kennebunk in Maine. Countersigned by Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury. Partially-printed 1pp. document features Lincoln’s name printed in an arc over an eagle motif and ”President of the United States of America”. An embossed Treasury seal is present at left. Measures 18.5” x 15”. Toning and creasing with a few spots of foxing. Separation to the first inch of the vertical fold, and pinholes to fold intersections near the right edge. Tape to verso reinforces document at fold intersections. In very good condition. Sold for $5,407.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Note Was Written to Facilitate an Intriguing Plan That Could Have Altered the Course of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed in 1864 as President. Rare note was part of a plan intended to cut short the Civil War by supplying the North with Southern goods — cotton, turpentine and the like, using permits issued by the Treasury. Here, Lincoln signs his request to put two key players in touch with each other: Hanson A. Risley, an agent from the Treasury, and Judge James Hughes, a member of the group who originated the plan. Ultimately, however, the potential profit for Hughes and the others disgusted Lincoln who rescinded his approval. Note reads in full, ”Will Mr. Risley please see and hear Judge Hughes the bearer / A. Lincoln / Oct. 19 1864”. Card measures 3” x 1.75”. Light soiling, else near fine. Sold for $5,407.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President to Meet With Abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the Day of a White House Ball Given by Mary Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President dated 5 February 1862, the day of a grant White House ball given by the First Lady. Lincoln writes, “I would be glad to see Mr. Senator Sumner. A. Lincoln / Feb. 5 1862″. Mr. Senator Sumner would be the Senate’s leading abolitionist, Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Note on card measuring 3.25″ x 2”. Accompanied by CDV size albumen photographs of Charles Sumner and Lincoln, whose card bears imprint of E. Anthony. Very good condition. Sold for $5,372.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Civil War Dated Autograph Note Signed — Discussing a Political Appointment

Civil War-dated autograph note signed by President Abraham Lincoln, dated 27 February 1863. Note is in response to a political appointment request and reads: “Murfy – already nominated for Pay Master — Please present. / A. Lincoln / Feb. 27, 1863”. Measures 3.75″ x 3.25″ Toning, pencil outline around text (presumably for framing), and some smudging to writing. Ink is still dark. Very good condition. Lot also includes letters showing interesting provenance of this piece, as it was once gifted in 1941 by W. Atlee Burpee, Jr. of the iconic American seed company, Burpee & Co. Burpee gifted the note along with an engraving of Lincoln (also included) to his printing company, which “printed my Father’s first seed catalog in 1876, with a continuous record of having done work for our firm through two generations…” Portrait engraving of Lincoln measures 7.25″ x 11″. Sold for $5,153.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Signed Loyalty Oath of 8 December 1863 — Dated February 1865; Just Months Before His Assassination

President Abraham Lincoln autograph signed loyalty oath. Composed in ink and dated 25 February 1865, just months before his assassination, Lincoln writes his famous loyalty oath: “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8 and be discharged. / A Lincoln…” On 8 December 1863, Lincoln issued a proclamation which provided a means of repatriating “those who resume their allegiance” to the United States. With a few notable exceptions, Lincoln was willing to issue a full pardon to all those who took the oath of loyalty. He also provided guidelines for the re-establishment of loyal state governments. Here, the oath is signed to paper measuring 3.25″ x 2″. Fine condition. Sold for $5,000.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph 1865 Endorsement Signed — President Pardons Confederate Loyalist Under Terms of 1863 Amnesty

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed, dated 12 January 1865, offering pardon to a former Confederate. The President writes, ”Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged. / A. Lincoln / January 12, 1865.” On 8 December 1863, five months after the Battle of Gettysburg, considered the turning point in the Civil War, Lincoln issued the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction in an attempt to begin reuniting the nation. It offered full pardon to anyone who had been engaged in ”the rebellion.” Any Confederate state in which 10 percent of eligible voters signed the oath of allegiance to the United States could begin the process of reconstruction of their war-ravaged state. Note measures 3” x 2.5”. Some show-through from previous mounting to a second manuscript. Overall very good condition. Sold for $4,915.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

War-Dated Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed — 1864

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed, dated 13 December 1864. During this point in the war Lincoln was pardoning Confederate prisoners in an effort to promote reconciliation between the North and South. Endorsement, written for a Confederate soldier, reads in full ”Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8 1863, and be discharged / A. Lincoln / Dec. 13, 1864”. Endorsement is matted and framed with a tinted lithograph of Lincoln. Endorsement measures approximately 2.5” x 2.75”; frame measures 8” x 13.5”. Light vertical creasing and ink smudging to date and ”A” of Lincoln’s name. Overall near fine. Sold for $4,915.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed — Just One Month Before His Assassination Signed by Lincoln as President

Fine autograph note signed by Abraham Lincoln as President less than one month before his assassination on April 14. Lincoln pens a comment on the verso of a letter: ”I submit the question to the Sec. of War. / A. Lincoln / March 18. 1865”. The note, referring to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, was written two weeks after Lincoln’s second inauguration. The note is contained within a suede mat beneath a nice Mathew Brady CDV portrait of Lincoln. The autograph note measures 3.75” x 2.5” matted to an overall size of 8” x 12”. In very good to near fine condition. Sold for $4,915.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed in 1865 Appointing Samuel L. Woodward Adjutant General — Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph signed document from 1 March 1865, appointing Samuel L. Woodward to the position of Adjutant General. Lincoln signs his full name, ”Abraham Lincoln” rather than simply using his first initial as he most often signs. Countersigned by Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War. Partially-printed document measures 15.75” x 20”. Light foxing, small tear starting along bottom fold, and red docketing notations to upper left. Overall very good condition. Sold for $4,915.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Paroles a Rebel Soldier Abraham Lincoln autograph note signed as President dated 19 October 1864. Lincoln pardons a Confederate soldier by writing, “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8 1863 and be discharged. / A. Lincoln / Oct. 19 1864”. Lincoln, of course, is referring to The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, issued on 8 December 1863 which offered a means for Confederate soldiers to rejoin the Union by swearing allegiance to it. Note on slip of paper measuring 3″ x 3″ cut from a larger sheet. Rebacked note in good condition with light staining and smudging. Sold for $4,861.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Note Signed as President — Lincoln Pardons Confederate Soldiers Two Months Before His Assassination

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, dated 16 February 1865, just two months before he was assassinated. Note is clipped from a parole letter for Confederate soldiers including one named Morton and reads, “Let these men take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged. / A. Lincoln”. Lincoln allowed men who had fought for the Confederacy to pledge their support for the Union in exchange for a pardon of treason. Such pardons are highly desirable among Lincoln collectors and this one is further notable for its date so close to Lincoln’s death. Note, measuring 3.5″ x 1.25″, is written perpendicular to the lined paper, with mounting remnants on verso. Both Lincoln’s handwriting and signature are affected by smearing, possibly from his own hand as he wrote the endorsement. Else very good condition. Sold for $4,800.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Abraham Lincoln Full Signature as President — Dated 7 January 1863, Just Days After Issuing the Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln full signature as President, datelined Washington, 7 January 1863. At this time, Lincoln just issued the final and controversial Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January, recasting the Civil War as a fight against slavery rather than an attempt to save the Union. It made the war a moral choice which helped strengthen the Federal position overseas and also among Republicans and abolitionists. Clipped signature measures 8” x 4” with an irregular top edge. Folds, else near fine. Accompanied by an engraving of the President holding the Constitution. Sold for $4,688.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Confederate Pardon Signed — Dated 12 January 1865

Abraham Lincoln autograph endorsement signed as President, dated 12 January 1865, just three months before he was assassinated. Note is clipped from a parole letter for a Confederate soldier and reads, “Let this man take the oath of Dec. 8, 1863 & be discharged. / A. Lincoln”. Lincoln allowed men who had fought for the Confederacy to pledge their support for the Union in exchange for a pardon of treason. Such pardons are highly desirable among Lincoln collectors and this one is further notable for its date so close to Lincoln’s death. Note, measuring 3.5″ x 2.25″, is written perpendicular to the lined paper, with some showthrough of writing on verso and minor toning in spots. Else near fine condition with nice, bold “A. Lincoln” signature in black ink. Sold for $4,640.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed as President — Dated March 1861 With Tensions High Over Possibility of War

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, appointing John Wilson to the rank of Second Lieutenant. Dated 19 March 1861, as the United States was preparing for war with the southern states, seven of which had seceded a month earlier. Clear and visible signature by Lincoln, and bright blue seal still intact. Document has intersecting folds and shows some discoloration right below seal. Approximately 1″ of toning along borders can be matted out. Overall in very good condition. Sold for $4,440.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

President Abraham Lincoln Autograph Military Appointment Signed — 1863

President Abraham Lincoln autograph signed military appointment. Single page vellum document dated 15 October 1863 appoints Frank Bell as Captain in the Veteran Reserve Corps. Countersigned by Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War. Bright blue seal present though separating through center. Document measures 15.75″ x 19.5″. Small holes to edges and docketing to upper left. Scattered foxing throughout. Overall very good condition. Sold for $4,376.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Civil War Commission Signed as President, Appointing a Hospital Chaplain — With Full ”Abraham Lincoln” Signature

Abraham Lincoln autograph military commission signed as President during the Civil War, appointing a Hospital Chaplain to the Union Army on 2 March 1864. Lincoln elegantly signs with his full signature ”Abraham Lincoln” at lower right, countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Vellum document measures 14.75” x 17.5”. With intact green paper seal. Some fading to ink, dampstaining to top left, and trimmed lower edge. Overall in very good condition. A rare appointment for Hospital Chaplain signed by President Lincoln. Sold for $4,375.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph as President — Lincoln Issues Amnesty to Confederate Soldier

Abraham Lincoln autograph as President, dated 14 February 1865, issuing amnesty to a Confederate soldier according to the Proclamation of Amnesty on 8 December 1863, where Confederates would be given amnesty if they took the oath of allegiance to the United States. Clipped endorsement shows the 1863 date along with the words ”and be discharged”, signed ”A Lincoln”. 3.25” x 2” slip is framed with an engraving of Lincoln to a total size of 12” x 16.5”. Light wear to frame; slip is near fine. Sold for $4,375.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Signature as President — With Full, Bold ”Abraham Lincoln” Autograph

Abraham Lincoln autograph signed slip of paper as President. Lincoln signs his full name in black ink above the title, ”THE PRESIDENT”. Paper has been detached from larger document and also includes signature from then-Secretary of State, William H. Seward. Both signatures are bold and striking. Comes with engraved profile picture of Lincoln. Paper measures 8” x 1.75” at its widest and tallest points. One vertical fold not affecting signatures. Near fine condition. Sold for $4,219.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln’s Autograph as President — Dated 13 July 1861

Abraham Lincoln’s autograph as President. This slip is uncommonly signed with his full signature, ”Abraham Lincoln”; more frequently he signed ”A. Lincoln”. Excellent signature was taken from a partially-printed document, with date of 30 July 1861 included in the clip. Slip measures 6” x 3.5”. Toning, vertical crease and evidence of prior matting to verso, else near fine. Sold for $4,061.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph Document Signed — Presidential Appointment — 25 March 1861

Abraham Lincoln autograph document signed as President, dated 25 March 1861. Here, Lincoln appoints Franklin Spalding as a Collector of Customs. Document reads in part, “…Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity, Diligence and Distinction of Franklin Spalding, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Collector of the Customs for the District of Niagara in the State of New York and authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of that Office, according to law, and to have and to hold, the said Office with all the rights…legally appertaining unto him, the said Franklin Spalding…” Also signed by Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase. Elegant black and gilt frame measures 25.75″ x 21.75″. Large document, measuring 18.75″ x 14.5″, has light creasing on left side and an ink blot above Lincoln’s signature, otherwise near fine. Sold for $4,037.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Signature by Abraham Lincoln, signed “A. Lincoln” upon a slip measuring 2.5″ x .5″. Signature was clipped from a partially-printed document, likely a check, and comes mounted to paper together with the signatures of Anthony Trollope and John A. Rawlins, to an overall size of 6.5″ x 8.25″. Toning, scattered staining and a smudge of glue to the “L” of Lincoln, else near fine. Sold for $3,411.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph — With PSA/DNA COA

Abraham Lincoln autograph slip signed ”A. Lincoln”. Measures 2.75” x 0.75”. Bold signature has ever so slight water spot under ”A” in signature. Overall very good. Accompanied by PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $3,049.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

Abraham Lincoln Autograph

COA for Abraham Lincoln Autograph. Click to enlarge.

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There are 2 comments .

charlie mcdonald —

I recently purchased a new (used) home. In the home was left many autograph photo with the last owner, with many celebities music, political t.v. and movies stars etc. She was an Airline attendant for many years and had many photos of her with celebrities, many are signed. example Pres. Nixon and press. carter, Charleston heston, fred Murray Phylis Diller Tony Bennet etc. Are these pics of any value?

Susie —

Dear Nate,
I recently received my Grandmothers White House collection of Presidents memorabilia. She retired in 1975. I have many pictures of Presidents Nixon,Johnson and Ford.There are also many family photos along with Christmas cards, etc. etc. All the many photos have the White Hose stamped on the back. Please contact me if you are interested in helping me handle this. Thank you for your time
-Susie Mayhew

Ps. My Grandmother worked for the Treasury Dept. Pres. Nixon did really cool Christmas card of previous Presidents.

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