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    Gettysburg Address - Group of Letters and Signature Cards by Members of the Audience present to hear Lincoln's famous speech. Autographs in all formats, largely solicited by Henry Luhrs (Lincoln historian) requesting autographs from audience members on a card indicating whether or not the audience applauded. Includes:

    Signature on a card by Harry Bomberger, Mr. Bomberger has marked no, the audience did not clap. With a transmittal letter from Henry Luhrs making the request.

    Two brief ALsS from Dairy Bream, whose father was in attendance at Gettysburg, explaining that her father is unable to comply with Mr. Luhrs' request for an autograph.

    An ALS by a Mrs. T.C. Billheimer, in part: "I heard President Lincoln deliver his address, and also shook hands with him. Am sorry to say I don't remember much about the applause. But I think there was some but not so great..." Along with a TLS by her son Rev. Billheimer detailing his father's memories, and a small snapshot.

    ALS by A. Dauner Buehler: "As a boy between 8 and 9... I was in the National Cemetary at Gettysburg... There was applause after he made hi address, after a short pause - it struck me where he finished the address that the audience was surprised at the brevity of it, after listening to the orator of the day who spoke over an hour and a half..." With his signature on a card indicating that the audience did applaud.

    ALS by General Julius Stahl: "...Yes, I escorted President Lincoln from Washington to Gettysburg and was with him in the same car, when he wrote something on his knee, which I fully believe, was the famous address which he delivered at the battlefield..." With a carte de visite of Staehl in uniform bearing a clipped signature.

    Typed manuscript signed by David Wills, who organized the planning and building of the Cemetery as well as the dedication: "I had charge of all the arrangements for the dedication of the Cemetary [sic] , and it was on my official invitation that President Lincoln came to Gettysburg on that occasion..." Also included is a TLS by David Bridges written in response to an inquiry by Luhrs regarding the disposition of the furniture in David Wills' house upon his death. Lot includes both used and unused transmittal covers, a few blank signature cards, and a total of 16 signed items.


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    June, 2007
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