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    Robert Todd Lincoln Letter Signed "Robert Lincoln". Two pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", Washington, D.C.; April 25, 1881. Addressed to C.K. Remington, Esq. of Buffalo, New York. The letter, written in an unknown hand, addressing rumors about Generals Grant and Lee meeting under an apple tree at the surrender at Appomattox. It reads, in part: "...The first of General Grants interviews with General Lee was in a house; the second one, the next morning, was on horseback, in the open air. It may have been under and apple tree: but if so, I don't remember it at all." Robert Todd Lincoln went on to sign the letter, and added a postscript in his hand, which reads, "P.S. I prefer not to be quoted in the matter."

    It was actually Confederate soldiers, in a case of mistaken identity, who first started the lore of the meeting under the apple tree. General Lee had been resting under an apple tree when two Federal officers rode up to meet him. It was not, in fact, General Grant, but Lt. Colonel Orville E. Babcock and his orderly, who had been sent to deliver a reply from Grant in regards to the surrender of Lee's army. The two generals met later that day in the home of Wilmer McLean to discuss the final terms of the surrender. Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926) was President Lincoln's eldest son, and he was present at Lee's surrender as a member of Grant's junior staff.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, lightly toned throughout. Signature is very bold. Overall very good.


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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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