Lot #13
Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President

President Lincoln discharges an "insane" Southern sympathizer—an endorsement once owned by self-improvement author Dale Carnegie
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Estimate: $4000+

Description

President Lincoln discharges an "insane" Southern sympathizer—an endorsement once owned by self-improvement author Dale Carnegie

Civil War-dated autograph endorsement signed as president, "A. Lincoln," on a 2.75 x 3 slip clipped from a larger document, February 12, 1865. Lincoln writes, in full: "In a long verbal conversation with Mr. Judge Fisher assured, as within, of his confident belief that Dr. Worrell is partially insane I suppose that on this ground he should be discharged." A handwritten collector's note penciled on the reverse, signed by E. Huse and dated 1937, states that this is a genuine Lincoln autograph. In very good condition, with light staining and toning, and a thin strip of old tape along the top edge.

This note is published in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 8, noting that it was owned by famous self-improvement writer Dale Carnegie, who authored the biography 'Lincoln the Unknown.' It further notes that 'the register of letters received by the adjutant general lists an application of George P. Fisher for relatives of Dr. E. Worrell, which is missing from the file. The court-martial record in the case of Edward Worrell, citizen of Delaware, sentenced to imprisonment for one year for violating laws of war and aiding a prisoner to escape from Fort Delaware, shows that this application was denied on January 25, 1865, but a later endorsement, probably the one of February 12, appears to have been cut from the record.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021





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