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    [Abraham Lincoln]. Montgomery Blair Letter Signed and Autograph Letter Signed. The Letter Signed is three pages of a bifolium, with the ALS written on the verso. The letter measures 7.75" x 10" and was originally written in Washington on December 5, 1863 to Charles L. Woodbury. Great content regarding the question of slavery. In part: "The course of our conversation induces me to write a few lines to you to call your attention to what seems to me to be the true point in the coming Presidential Canvass. Slavery is defunct. Every body admits that and for practical purposes it is not worth while discussing whether the Proclamation killed it or not. I don't think it did. It was only a declaration of the course of events - which would have been as inevitable without as with the proclamation. But the end of the slave question is but the beginning of the negro question. Having long ago resolved that they should not be my masters as slaves & the means of mastering the country by that relation. I am equally resolved that they shall not be the instruments of swaying the Government as free negroes. I believe this is the real issue involved in the proposition to assume jurisdiction over the States abrogating the right of the white people to govern themselves. Now the danger is that on the pretense of making good the abolishment of slavery the abolitionists may carry the day, if the Democrats continue to carp at the proclamation and continue to put themselves in the attitude of standing by slavery... My impression is that the abolitionists are more hostile to Mr. Lincoln that they are towards us and that they are playing a game to injure him in pretending to be for him. - They expect in that way to drive off the men who agree with him in sustaining the white race in command at the South, and then they will abandon him themselves... If you could induce the Democratic Press to sustain Lincoln's forthcoming message in these views we shall soon have the real issue developed and you would see as the result of that a reconstruction of parties which would resuscitate the mood almost immediately." Blair signs at the conclusion and writes the word "Copy" at top.

    The ALS on the verso is marked confidential. Inlaid into a larger sheet to the overall size of 10" x 12.5". Montgomery Blair served as Postmaster General in the Lincoln administration from 1861 to 1864.

    Condition: Lightly toned, with bold ink. The sheet that the letter is inlaid into has light soiling and dinged corners.

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