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    Mentor Graham, Lincoln's "Teacher" at New Salem, Autograph Document Signed, one page, n.p. [Menard County, Illinois], 18 November 1852. An inventory and appraisal "of the personal property of George Ohmart, deceased" signed by Graham and two fellow appraisers. Aside from the expected livestock, furniture, tools and household goods, the listing includes a tin trumpet and a "conk shell" (the latter valued at 50 cents). Graham and his colleagues have also signed a partly printed oath, affixed to the foot of the appraisal. Scattered discoloration in margins. Graham, one of the most important sources of information about Lincoln's life at New Salem, was also one of the staunchest claimants for his love of Ann Rutledge. Graham conducted the school in the frontier community, and the ill-educated Lincoln sought his assistance with the study of grammar and surveying, at times boarding with the Graham family (a son was supposedly given the middle name "Lincoln" in his honor). Near very good.

    : Dr. Charles Wesley Olsen collection sold Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 6 February 1962, lot 193.

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