Mary Todd and Robert Lincoln's summer vacation in Vermont
ALS signed “Mrs. Lincoln,” one page, 4.5 x 7, black-bordered "L" monogram letterhead, August 22, 1864. Letter to "Mr. Orvis" in Manchester, Vermont, in full: "Since writing the other letter, we have concluded to visit Manchester on Tuesday next—instead of Wednesday. I hope it will be equally agreeable to you—By leaving here earlier, my son Robert, hopes we will be sooner through." Includes the original mailing envelope, addressed by Mary Todd Lincoln to "Mr. Orvis, Equinox House, Manchester, Vermont," and bearing an identification notation in another hand along the left edge. Postmarked at Caldwell, New York, August 22, . In fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned carte-de-visite portrait of Mrs. Lincoln.
Today, the Equinox Hotel and Resort makes note of Mary Todd Lincoln's historic visit: 'President Abraham Lincoln’s wife visited The Equinox with her two sons during the summer of 1864 and made reservations to visit again the following year with the President. A special suite was constructed in anticipation of the President’s visit, but he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Their son, Robert Todd Lincoln, loved the area so much he built his summer estate, Hildene, just down the road.' From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.