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    [Abraham Lincoln]: Schuyler Colfax 1865 Tribute to Lincoln. 1-page ALS, South Bend, Indiana, October 11, 1865, written to S. M. Powell, Esq. and signed by "Schuyler Colfax", former Speaker of the House and Vice President during Grant's first term. Written clearly on 5" x 8" bifolium stationery, it reads, in full: "Your beautiful picture of the Senators & Representatives who voted for the Constitutional Amendment abolishing and prohibiting Slavery throughout the Union is really a gem. I have never seen so many excellent and striking likenesses in a picture of that size; and those who stand together in that memorable vote, the most eventful and auspicious in our National History, must rejoice, as I do, that it is to be thus commemorated. The life like portraits of President Lincoln, who lived for us & at last died for us, and of Vice President Hamlin, also labored so earnestly for the passage of the Amendment, give an additional value to this admirable photograph." The writer failed to mention or comment on his own portrait which appears, enlarged, smack dab in-the-middle on this montage of images. His correspondent, Mr. Powell, was the publisher of the work and no doubt used Colfax's comments as a testimonial to promote the work. After the war, Colfax would often lecture on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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