Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [Abraham Lincoln] Perham Family Letters (Three) Regarding Lincoln's Assassination. (1) Aurestus S. Perham Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 7.75" x 10", April 15, 1865, "Head Qrs. Camp Barry DC." to his sister, Georgia Perham (both were the progeny of Congressman [and future Governor] Sidney Perham of Maine). In part: "At 1 a.m. this morning the adj: came to my window and informed me of the murder of the President. At 2 a.m. a note was sent to Gen. Tho. by 'Officer of the day' informing him of it. After some inquiries two Batteries were ordered to be harnessed and a strong guard at each Battery. Tonite a number of men from this camp[?] were at the Theatre last night and saw the whole affair. Until 9 a.m. we understood that the wound was not dangerous, at which time the new use reached eyes by the lowering of all the flags to half Mast. A man in the Adj. Office from Baltimore says that he lives very near the murderer, says that his Father was insane before him at first he could hardly believe it to be him." The author further informs his sister of the foiled plans of "a large number of men enlisted under several Officers" to slaughter the Confederate prisoners at the Old Capital Prison ("There is quite a feeling among the Soldiers toward these Rebel Deserters. They appear to have a great dislike for them"). The letter also reports that "the Presidents little boy (some 12 years) came out in his night cloaths [sic] and endeavored to go with the carriage saying that if 'Father was Dead he was going to see him.'"

    (2) Sidney Perham Autograph Letter Signed to daughter Fannie. One page, 5" x 8", n.d. [ca. April 17, 1865]. The future governor of Maine writes, "We are all feeling sad, beyond the power of expression, at the news of the Presidents assassination." (3) On the verso, Perham's daughter writes "Sister Fan" in part, "Aint the news real bad they have got the flag draped in mourning and Kimbals[?] folks have got their flag out with black around it." All letters have folds and are in fine condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 958

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Feb 11, 2010 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 28 days left to consign to the 2021 September 26 Autumn Luxury Accessories Signature Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search