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    Libbie Custer Writes to Her Niece, Offering to Give Her Her Saddle. The addressee was Libbie's niece, Emma Reed Custer. Emma, the daughter of Custer's half-sister, came out to Fort Lincoln with her brother in the company of Boston Custer shortly before the fatal expedition. She was with Libbie Custer when news of the Little Big Horn disaster reached the Fort. She is depicted with the rest of the Custer "clan" in a famous photo taken on the front steps at Fort Lincoln. Framed with the letter is an early stamped "Barry" print of the photo, with each person numbered for identification purposes. After her husband's death, Libbie Custer had moved to New York City, and she writes from there on October 4th (no year listed).

    "I think I shall never ride again. Wear it out," she tells Emma, "and all I ask is for you to keep the old framework for me to have in my old age. It will be a memento of my happy times. Jump into the old saddle with just as light and happy a heart as I did for the long years of happiness."

    The letter, signed "Your loving Libbie," is in clean pencil, 2½ sides on 5" x 8" paper. Expensively custom-framed to 16.5" x 18", with glass on back so page 2 can be read.

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    October, 2015
    25th Sunday
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