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    Grace Bedell Autographed Typed Copy of Her Letter to Lincoln, signed "Grace Bedell Billings", one page, 6" x 8", ca. 1934, with its original envelope addressed to collector Henry Luhrs of Pennsylvania. The lot also includes a 5" x 3" card bearing the same signature. All items very fine condition. During the closing days of the 1860 presidential race Abraham Lincoln received a letter from a Westfield, New York girl suggesting he grow a beard. The young lady was Grace Bedell, age 11, and she wrote in part: "...I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you; you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin...". Lincoln, of course, followed her advice, grew his signature set of whiskers and...won the election. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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