Description[Lincoln Family] Jessie Lincoln (Randolph), Granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln and Youngest Daughter of Robert Todd and Mary Harlan Lincoln, Autograph Letter Signed "Jessie", four pages, 4.5" x 7", Plaza Hotel, New York City, 9 June , to "Dear, dear Grandpa" (her maternal grandfather, James Harlan, U.S. Senator from Iowa and Abraham Lincoln's last secretary of the interior). Jessie reports that she and her mother, upon returning from a voyage, were "surprised when Mr. Isham told us Mary [Jessie's sister] had a little boy. We went right from the ship to see Mary and we found her looking just as natural as possible, with the exception of the tiny little baby lying on her arm! It is a very big baby, they say (I must confess it does not look gigantic to me!) . . . nearly eleven pounds. It has black hair and they think brown eyes but they are not sure. . . . Good-bye Grandpa dear with lots & lots of love." Robert T. Lincoln's eldest child, Mary, wed Charles Isham in 1891, and this letter announces the birth of their only child, Lincoln Isham, probably the most private of all of the president's descendants. He supposedly dropped out of Harvard, birthweight notwithstanding, because "his frail body was unequal to the strain." Folds, fine.
With a later autograph letter signed ("Jessie L.R."), two pages, large 8vo, Washington, D.C., n,d. [ca. 1930s] on mourning paper, to "Dear Freddie," discussing a lawsuit and declaring it "utterly impossible for us to employ Mr. Davenport - as you well know! - so be careful not to commit us". Very fine.
Also great-grandson Lincoln Isham Autograph Letter Signed "Affectionately, Link", four pages, 4.75" x 6.5", n.p., n.d., to his aunt Jessie (with envelope postmarked New York, November 1938, signed "L. Isham" on backflap), a social note mentioning his mother's illness, cousin Peg (Mary Beckwith), and referring, apparently, to a fire at a golf club where his grandfather Lincoln had been a member: "Rather sad the old club burning down. . . . Glad gramp's picture . . . [was] out of the building at the time, stored for the winter, and the cups. Afraid gramp's clubs were burned"; great-grandson Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, 6" x 9.5", "Woodstock on the Piankatank", Hartfield, Va., n.d. [ca. 1944], to "Cleo Darlin'", a wistful and rather coy missive from the playboy of the family: "Who can say that romance does not live - your faithful diary . . . plays its part in memory lane. . . . The intimate and generous past is doing its mighty best to bolster up the lean present of our declining years." He talks of rainy days, crops, farm repairs, the death of a mutual friend, and a gift of citrus which "will certainly help out our ration list" as "our country store does not offer much variety. I am still continuing on in your room and find it much more comfortable in these cold damp days." Together with a check signed "M. Lincoln" by the president's daughter-in-law Mary Harlan Lincoln, 6" x 9.5", Manchester Center, Vt., 1917, made out to "Currency" for $56. Aside from Robert Todd Lincoln, who served as secretary of war, Minister to England, and president of the Pullman Company, the descendants of Abraham Lincoln led very private lives and autographs by any of them are extraordinarily scarce. The president's great-grandchildren all died childless, thus ending the direct bloodline of the Great Emancipator. An unusual group offering a rare glimpse into the lives of the "last Lincolns." All are fine.
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