Description[Todd and Edwards Families] Charles Dresser Autograph Endorsement Signed, two lines at foot of a partly printed marriage license accomplished and signed by Sangamon County Clerk C. R. Matheny, one page, 6.5" x 7.5", Springfield, Ill., 21 May 1839, issued to William S. Wallace and Frances J. Todd. Dresser's endorsement certifies that their marriage was "Solemnized by me on the day and date above written." Identical in style to the license that was issued in November 1842 to Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, whose marriage was also solemnized by Dresser. The clerk signing here, Charles Matheny, was the father of Lincoln's friend James, best man at the Lincoln wedding. This license is about as close as one can come to representing that of the Lincolns, since it is issued to Mary Todd's sister Frances and William Wallace, the brother-in-law for whom the Lincolns named their beloved son "Willie". Wallace sometimes acted as family physician for the Lincolns and was given an Army paymastership by the president during the Civil War. Two horizontal folds; one chip along a fold. Lightly soiled, else near fine.
Together with E. S. Brown Autograph Letter Signed, four pages, 3.5" x 5.5", n.p. [Springfield, Ill.?], 1895, thanking "Cousin Al" (Albert S. Edwards, custodian of Abraham Lincoln's home 1897-1915) for a copy of Historical Sketches of the Edwards and Todd Families, praising their research and the "sweet style in which Georgie" (Albert's daughter) has written them. "The Todds are a proud race you know, nor is their pride based on wealth, but upon the rarer, richer qualities which go to make up the man." Considerably toned on last page. Fine.
Provenance: Marriage license, Sang, lot 1252.
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