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    Samuel Bland Arnold Series of Four Autograph Letters Signed "Saml B Arnold", written to Lincoln student and author Isaac Markens, who had requested his picture; four and one-third pages in all, 5" x 7", Friendship, Maryland, 19 January - 14 February 1903. First advising that he has no photo of himself other than one taken in Augusta, Ga. in 1863, sent him by his old Confederate quartermaster (whom he names only by rank), Arnold offers a copy, and a week later promises to send it with an autograph as requested, "as a memento of one who so unjustly suffered, not through any act of his own, but through acts of others." On 5 February he transmits the picture (with an autographed slip he says Markens can affix to it with photographer's paste), and on 14 February writes: "Yours of the 11th acknowledging receipt of photo received. Let its face recall the torture inflicted upon an innocent man, at the hands of his country during its darkest hours. I know of no way whereby you can procure the photo of John H. Surratt. To me he is almost unknown, never having had converse with him over 10 minutes in my life. I look upon him as a perfect stranger." Together with a copy of the vignetted bust photograph of the youthful, mustachioed Arnold, a later oval copy print on gray mount, to the foot of which is affixed an autographed slip, 5" x 2", reading: "From a photo taken in Augusta, Ga. Decr. 1863. / Enlarged at Washington, D.C. Jan. 1903. / Very truly yrs. / Saml B Arnold". A newspaper clipping reporting his death [1906] is affixed on verso. Letters and image are fine.

    Provenance
    : Bruce Gimelson, Fort Washington, PA, 1966.


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