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    Isaac R. Diller, Lincoln's Neighbor and Playmate of Willie and Tad Lincoln, Autograph Letter Signed, one and one-half pages, 8.5" x 11", on letterhead of Sangamon County Bible Society, Springfield, Ill., 10 May 1938, to "Dear Glenn". Together with a printed souvenir sheet, also signed, that shows the famous 1860 photograph of Lincoln standing in front of his home with his sons while little Diller stands on the sidewalk, his head blurred because, during the exposure of the negative, he had turned his head to watch a passing wagon. Diller's letter transmits the souvenir sheet, commenting that it contains "some explanation of . . . why my head did the 'disappearing act'". He notes that he secured the electrotype of the photo while visiting the State Teacher's College in Slippery Rock, Pa. in 1932 to speak of "the four times I remembered seeing Mr. Lincoln. Some people question a six year old boy remembering such things, but our minds were not kept in a whirl with moving pictures, etc. as children of today have, and events made a deeper impression. . . . I treasure the invitation written by Mrs. Lincoln to attend Willie's party in December 1860, and a copy of it was printed in Carl Sandburg's 'Prairie Years'." He asks if an older boy ever took his correspondent to catch birds by putting salt on their tails. "Willie put that one over on me," he confesses, "and probably enjoyed doing so, as he was four years older". Diller states that his "is only reflected glory, but I am glad to have had a slight contact with true greatness." The letter closes with testimony that the "most important" event in his life was being "'Born Again', and I am glad Mr. Lincoln also had that experience, and hope you have had also, as that makes all who have, brothers in Jesus." The letter has folds and is age-toned. The verso contains two pieces of tape along a fold's separations. Near fine.

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