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    (Mary Lincoln) Manuscript Letter in an unknown hand on United States Military Telegraph letterhead, one page, 5" x 8", [Washington], 1861 to Robert Todd Lincoln. The telegram reads in full: "Robert Lincoln Metropolitan Hotel N.Y. I will be there Wednesday evening. Mrs. Lincoln." Note below in another hand reads: "6 / Chg State Dept" Another notation "No 205 Rm" This was likely sent in August 1861 when Mary and Robert, together with John Hay and Elizabeth Todd Grimsley, traveled to Long Branch, New Jersey and then New York -- returning in early September. During this trip, Mary visited Haughwont and Company and purchased "One fine Porcelain Dining Service of One Hundred and ninety pieces... decorated Royal Purple, and double gilt, with the Arms of the United States, on each piece, for the Presidential Mansion... $3,195.00." This was one of many extravagant purchases for the White House that elicited tremendous criticism in the press. Usual folds, very light soiling, else fine. A fun piece of collateral Lincolniana! From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
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