[Abraham Lincoln] Anti-Lincoln Convention Autograph Letter. Two pages, two-sided, 8.25" x 10.5", Philadelphia, July 1, 1864. A somewhat lengthy letter inviting Lewis C. Cassidy to join others at a convention dedicated to removing President Lincoln from office. Cassidy was active in Philadelphia politics, serving as a member of the state legislature, secretary of the Judiciary Committee, Solicitor of the District of Moyamensing, District Attorney, and finally attorney general of Pennsylvania.

    In 1864, anti-Lincoln sentiments had reached a fever pitch among a certain segment of the population, and these people began organizing in hopes of defeating Lincoln in his campaign for reelection. A group of nine gentlemen got together in Philadelphia that July, and made their plans for a great convention in New York City. This letter discusses those plans.

    It reads, in part: "Dear Sir, An informal meeting of citizens representing the feelings and wishes of the Democracy of various sections of the state of Pennsylvania was held in the city on the 22nd ult. The subject under consideration was the tendency of public affairs resulting from the maladministration of the Federal Government by Mr. Lincoln and his advisers, and the mode best to be adopted to prevent a continuation of executive power in unworthy hands." The letter goes on to state that a more formal meeting will be held in New York City on August 10, 1864, and encourages Mr. Cassidy to attend. Signatories include: James C. Van Dyke, J.S. Black, C. Furguson, William D. Reed, Richard Vauk, John C. Bullitt, Robert Krane, Samuel A. Gilmore, and William A. Wallace. Letter is pristine, and very attractively penned. Interesting, historical content! Very fine.

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