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    Two Affidavits Concerning the Last Viewing and Final Interment of Abraham Lincoln's Remains. Each one page, 8.25" x 11". One, signed by John Whitney of Springfield [Ill.] in 1921, explains where Lincoln's grave is located within the monument: "The excavation is about five feet from the front door of the catacomb and directly in front of the same, and fifteen feet in the ground" (for the final interment, made in 1901, Lincoln's casket was encased in steel and concrete at the request of his son Robert, to foil any future attempts at moving or stealing it). The other affidavit, a 1924 Autograph Document Signed by C.L. Willey, witnessed by John F. Willey and H. W. Fay (then custodian of the tomb), states: "I was working for Leon C. Hopkins, plumber, and on Sep. 26, 1901 accompanied him to Lincoln's tomb and I cut the sheet lead that covers the cedar casket. After the party viewed the remains I soldered a larger piece of lead over the opening. Any one could recognize him. His face was dark but a white mould was very noticeable." Together with 1884 note by two St. Louis coppersmiths recording their work on the tomb, originally hidden by them under the copper cap of the tomb obelisk, very dirty and water-stained, glued to an 5.75" x 9.5" explanatory note on monument stationery, 1900; remnants of an envelope addressed to J.C. Power (tomb custodian), ca. 1886; undated typed copy, notarized by Harlington Wood, of a 1904 affidavit certifying that Fleetwood Lindley viewed Lincoln's remains in 1901 (a boy at the time, Lindley lived for more than sixty years afterwards and was known as the "last man who ever saw Abraham Lincoln"); 1928 letter to H. W. Fay from A. S. Stimson concerning the number of times Lincoln's body had been moved. A curious assortment!

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