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    Abraham Lincoln Content Soldier Letter from the Office of the Provost Marshal at Norfolk, Virginia dated April 20, 1865. Two pages, lined Provost Marshal letterhead, from "H. W. M." to "Friend Mary". A very interesting letter written just days after the assassination of Lincoln. In part, as written: "...our news from Sherman seems very encouraging, and I think ere many months have elapsed I shall find myself far away in the north...The latest accounts from the north do not show the arrest of J. Welks Booth- who assainated the President it seems to me that he must have a great many friends or he could not manage to excape detection- this is surely the most accursed thing that ever happened...Altho I myself at one time greatly opposed the president as I did not think him fast enough- and I still think if he had procicuted the war more vigorously it would have saved some blood shed and perhaps his. I think if in 62 he had put a million men in the field enstead of five hundred thousand that it would have been far better...without a doubt- done better than any other man would have or could done...I think President Johnsons policy is the thing for the times..." He goes on to discuss his feelings on traitors and treason and some personal matters including a flood in the Susquehanna Valley, apparently the location of his correspondent. There is a 3-cent stamp affixed to the lower right of the verso. Condition is fine- writing is dark and legible with some scattered staining.

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    December, 2006
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