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    [Abraham Lincoln] Fascinating Collection of Documents & Day Books in the Hands of, and Relating to, the President's American Forebears! This lot, last sold at Parke Bernet Galleries over a half century ago, is comprised of four 18th century autograph pieces, all of which are either in hands of, and/or relate to, President Lincoln's forebears in America - Mordecai Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln. Since Lincoln's male line used these names throughout the generations, we leave off presuming to name which Mordecai, Thomas and Abraham Lincoln are involved, and refer interested parties to such valuable works as American Presidential Families - an offshoot of Burke's Peerage & Baronetage - by Brogan and Mosley (MacMillian, 1993).

    The material is, in brief, as follows: 1) Abraham Lincoln, Document Signed ("Abm: Lincoln"), as Executor, co-signed by one Lawrence Katekin as the same, 4 pages, recto and verso, 8.25" by 13", Reading, June 3, 1778, being "Conditions of a Vendue holden this day of the personal Effects, late of Thomas Warren deceased, as follows, Vizt. The highest bidder to be the Buyer (and the subscribers reseive a bid On each Article Sold) ready Money to be paid for all Articles Sold; except the Tobacco and Tobacco Press for which one half thereof Three Months Credit will be given to the purchaser, giving Security if required to Abm: Lincoln [his signature] and Lawrence Katekin [his signature]." There follows an inventory of items offered and prices realized, carrying the information that Abraham Lincoln himself purchased a wheelbarrow for 18 shillings. On the fourth integral leaf are further notes and figures, some dating from June 1793, as concern the aforementioned tobacco. The condition of this document is Good overall, bold and legible, albeit worn, with a piece of the last leaf - not affecting the text - missing. Accompanied by a typed transcription. 2) Document, bearing a pencil note that it is in the hand of Abraham Lincoln, entitled "An appraisement held the 22th day of December 1791 of John Bechtols Personal Estate", 3 pages, recto and verso, 8" by 12.5", no place, December 22, 1791. Very Good overall, albeit with a nascent tear at the right margin of the center fold. Inventories here is the late Bechtol's apparel - a fine hat, a new coat, an old coat, britches, buckles, etceteras; his livestock, farming equipment, and guns - the "Black horse with a bald face" brought the most, 25 pounds; and his various crops. Accompanied by a typed transcription. 3) 2 Day Books, both measuring 4" by 6", some 76 and 50 pages respectively, each held together by string; dated, ostensibly, 1757 through 1802. Although aged, dog-eared, loosely bound and looking all the worse for wear, they are written in bold, legible hands. The cover of one reads "Abraham Lincoln [twice] Beginning to Day at Mordecai Lincolns ye [the] 21st of third month for the year 1757". The front cover of the companion book is seemingly non-existent, as the book begins mid-sentence, but the back page carries a final entry "Abraham Lincoln... November 2, 1802." Both Day Books have numerous entries regarding the business affairs of Mordecai, Thomas and Abraham Lincoln, as well as extensive medical remedies ("Indian Cure for the Rheumatism", "A Cure for the Gonorrhea" "To Take Away Freckles"), metallurgical formulas, and arithmetical rules and calculations. 4) Ledger, leather bound, entitled on cover "Abraham Lincoln's Day Book January 1st, 1799", 8" x 12.5", 88 pages, carrying business entries - what sold, and to whom - through 1807. The leather cover is in poor condition but the internal pages are Very Fine. All and all, this remarkable lot is a virtual treasure trove of Lincoln scholarship. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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