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    Mary Todd Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, 4" x 6", on her monogrammed mourning stationery (black-bordered on the first page), 9 Woburn Place, Russell Square (London, England), 23 January (1871) to "My dear Mr. Fowler". Acknowledging a "kind & welcome letter", she mentions her pending departure: "I fear that I shall have to leave on Thursday next. More especially as I have given up my apartments. At my address here, they will scarcely know my destination but Gov. Evans. If you will kindly make enquiries, of this very pleasant American family, they will be at least able to tell you, where Taddie is - he is very anxious to see you. How much I would love to see you again myself - I write most hastily." Subscribed "Your very true friend". Mrs. Lincoln and son Tad had known the addressee, Thomas Fowler, in Chicago. Slightly older than Tad, Mrs. Lincoln described him as having a "kind and noble heart". She had left Tad in England with his tutor and some friends, Fowler perhaps among them, when she went to Germany in autumn 1870. John Evans, former Governor of Colorado Territory (1863-65), had accompanied her back to England. Within a few months of writing the present letter she and Tad returned to the United States. Tad contracted a severe cold on the voyage, which aggravated what was probably a tubercular condition, and he died in Chicago on the morning of 15 July 1871, at the age of eighteen. Not in Turner and Turner. Some separation along center fold. Mounting remnants at the top of page three; otherwise, fine.

    Provenance
    : Kunhardt, lot 81.


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