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    Fantastic Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed as President of the United States "A. Lincoln". One page, 12" x 8", [Washington], April 30, 1862, toned, with small tears in the fold creases, else bright, legible and in fine condition.

    As if a Lincoln endorsement wasn't exceptional enough, the background to this lot makes it all the more special. Lincoln has added his note to a ten page, 8" x 12.52" petition by the officers and members of the 71st Regiment of the New York State Militia to reinstate John I. Vosburgh to his position as Inspector of Customs. This fantastic manuscript petition begins by extolling the regiment's history to date in the war "...marched from Annapolis to the Capital after the breaking out of the Rebellion...crossed the Potomac and participated in the Battle of Bull Run". The document then shifts to pay honor to Abram S. Vosburgh (also spelled Vosburg), the Regiment's recently deceased commander and son of the John Vosburgh in question who "died at his post at the quarters of the Regiment at the Navy Yard in the City of Washington." The petition then goes on to lay out the elder Vosburgh's case: "that he was on the 18th day of February removed from his office as an Inspector of Customs. That no charges were ever preferred against the said John I. Vosburgh...that no cause ever existed for removing him to his knowledge...has all his life been a firm supporter of the Government and of the Constitution." The pitiful financial condition of Vosburgh and his family is described and finally the officer's and men of the regiment request that "Your Excellency ...appoint Mr. John I. Vosburgh to some position in customs or some other department of the Government which he is competent to fill...as a token of appreciation of the services of a Grandfather, Father, and Son in the cause of the Union."

    Lincoln's endorsement reads: "If Mr. Barrey can find a situation for Mr. Vosburgh, father of Col. Vosburgh of the New York 71st & who died at Washington last year, I shall be obliged. A. Lincoln April 30, 1862". One wonders at the reasons for the elder Vosburgh's dismissal from his customs post. Certainly these are documents worthy of further research.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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