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    Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed. Four integral pages with handwritten text on pages one, two, and four; 7.25" x 9.75"; [Washington, D.C.]; July 26, 1862. Lincoln writes his endorsement on page four and in response to a letter signed by Colonel R. E. Clark[?] of the Union Army of Virginia. The colonel wrote his letter to "Hon. James S. Rollins M. C.," who had been representing Missouri in the House of Representatives since March 1861, recommending his "nephew Henry D. Saxton of Massachusetts - who is desirous of procurring a commission as Lieutenant in one of the Regular Infantry Regiments. He has been connected with the army for some months as clerk in the Quarter Masters Department which has familiarized him with Military Matters to a considerable extent - but does not satisfy his ambitions to serve his country and hence his desire to enter active service." The colonel continues by assuring Mr. Rollins that his nephew is "moral in every sense." Below the colonel's letter, Rollins has written and signed an endorsement reading, "I most cheerfully concur in the foregoing recommendation - Young Mr. Saxton would make an Excellent officer - He is virtuous, intelligent, Energetic and brave. . . . I shall be much gratified, if the appointment which he asks may be conferred upon him. July 26th 1862
    [signed] James S. Rollins."

    In the top margin on the final page in a folded panel is written, "Application of Henry D. Saxton for a Lieutenancy in the Regular Army." Below, also in the folded panel, Lincoln has written in full:

    "I would be very glad for Hon. Mr. Rollins to be obliged by the appointment he within recommends, if it can be confidently made -

    [Signed] A. Lincoln
    July 26, 1862."

    Below Lincoln's endorsement in red ink in another hand is written, "A.B. July 31, 1862 / File M.D." Below that in black ink, "War Dept. Ans. July 26, 1862."

    The letter is framed and matted to an overall size of 31.75" x 35.5". Lincoln's endorsement is displayed with facsimiles of all other pages of the letter, along with an identification nameplate and an image of President Lincoln. The president's endorsement and signature are bold. The paper is lightly toned with folds.

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