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    Samuel Bland Arnold Autograph Letter Signed "Saml B. Arnold", four pages, 5" x 6.25", Friendship, Maryland, 3 April 1905, to Lincoln collector A(l) E(mmett) Fostell. A friendly letter, explaining that an earlier one was returned as missent, and that he has since suffered "grippe, catarrh, bronchitis & mild . . . pneumonia" by turns, leaving "heavy inflammation upon both lungs" and a "wretched cough, which unnerves me" He expresses the hope that "cod liver oil & the warmth of spring's sun" will be a corrective. Referring to the series of articles the Baltimore American had published about him a few years before, Arnold reports "I have no copy. . . . I have the ms. alone & should I succeed will endeavor to have it published either in pamphlet or book form. I am satisfied a cheap edition would pay the publisher. I know nothing of Jno. H. Surratt's whereabouts. My acquaintance with him is so limited that you may say . . . he is a perfect stranger. I never saw him but three times and never held conversation with him over five minutes, even if that long. I think, however, he is . . . in business in Baltimore. Possibly might find his name in the Balto. directory." Remarking the fine spring weather, he suggests that his health problems may disappear "preparing my garden, in which I delight. . . . Sitting about only brooding over one's trouble, adds thereto. . . . All I want is mild exercise & warm sun, & my nerve power will do the rest. Your letter so friendly is much appreciated. Glad to hear from you at any time." Arnold's hopes for a full recovery were apparently not realized; he died in September 1906. Toned and fine.

    Provenance
    : Fostell; Charles Hamilton Galleries, New York, 31 July 1969.


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