Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [Abraham Lincoln]. William O. Stoddard Autograph Letter Signed. Two integral pages, 5.5" x 7.25", on his personal letterhead, Madison [New Jersey], November 1, 1921. Writing to Abraham Griffith, Stoddard (1835-1925), an acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln's from their younger days and, later, the president's assistant secretary during his first term, discusses the change he noticed in Lincoln during the course of their friendship, in part:

    "My study of Abraham Lincoln began in Illinois, some years before the Civil War and continued in near association. Perhaps the most notable feature of his grand character was his capacity for continuous growth . . . mental, moral, spiritual, under fire. I saw him, day after day, developing to meet the requirements of tremendous and often unexpected emergencies, trying and multiform. He became another man, than the one I could remember sitting with me in my editorial office in Illinois. I look back, now, and see him as a monumental presentation of the great idea of Growth."

    Smoothed folds. Minor ink smudging on page two, probably as Stoddard wrote the letter. With the original transmittal envelope accomplished in Stoddard's hand.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 411

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    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
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,489,512