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Abraham and Mary Lincoln

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: ABRAHAM LINCOLN franks a letter from his wife, MARY, to one of their Springfield neighbors

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME: ABRAHAM LINCOLN franks a letter from his wife, MARY, to one of their Springfield neighbors

Franking signature, “A. Lincoln,” on a 9.25 x 4.25 “From the President of the United States” mailing envelope postmarked Washington, May 17, 1862. The envelope has been addressed in Mary Lincoln’s hand to “Mrs. James [struck out] John Sprigg, Springfield, Illinois,” and signed by her at lower left “Mrs. Lincoln.” The addressee is evidently Mrs. Julia Sprigg, a widow who purchased a home next to the Lincolns’ in Springfield in 1853. Sprigg and Mary Lincoln became close friends, and Sprigg’s daughter sometimes babysat the younger Lincoln boys. Accompanied by a full PSA/DNA letter of authenticity. In very good condition, with scattered soiling and edge toning, wrinkling, vertical folds (touching one letter of each signature), and postmark very slightly touching “M” of Mary’s “Mrs.” Both signatures are clear, dark, and well contrasted. An exceedingly scarce and desirable president-and-first-lady combination! Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #333 - Ended May 14, 2008