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    Journalist's notes about Abraham Lincoln

    [Abraham Lincoln] James Gordon Bennett Sr. Autograph Notes, Unsigned. Two sheets with a total of five and one-third written pages: (1) four integral pages, written on all four, 6" x 7.5"; and (2) four integral pages, written on one and one-third pages, 7.5" x 12", n.d., n.p. The autograph notes are for a newspaper story Bennett, the founder and publisher of the New York Herald, was writing. He has notes relating to the Lincoln cabinet and the roles that Solomon Chase, William Seward, and Gideon Welles would play in the new administration. Bennett writes, "the coming civil war will be violent and bloody . . . it will be as bloody as Robespierre . . . same as the religious wars in England & France." The notes also mention "Jeff Davis", Van Buren, Buchanan, and of course, Lincoln.

    The Herald, under the elder Bennett's control, was officially independent in its politics, but supported James Buchanan as tensions rose over slavery. Bennett and the paper endorsed John C. Breckinridge for the 1860 presidential campaign, then later shifted support to John Bell. Bennett promoted George B. McClellan as a candidate in 1864, but endorsed no candidate. Although he opposed Abraham Lincoln, Bennett took the lead to turn the president into a martyr after his assassination. Slight weakness at the folds, light toning, and one spot of ink burn, else very fine. Extremely interesting.


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