DescriptionCharles Dresser Autograph Endorsement Signed, two lines at foot of a partly printed marriage license filled out and signed by county clerk N.W. Matheny, one page, 7.75" x 6", Springfield, Ill., 18 March 1844. Issued to Francis Clinton and Mary Jane Eaton, whose marriage Dresser certifies was "Solemnized by me on the day and date above written." Cleanly split at folds. This license is identical in style to the one issued a year and a half earlier to Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, and which had been signed by the same principals. Besides performing the marriage ceremony for the Lincolns, Dresser was the original owner of their iconic Springfield house, which he sold to Lincoln in 1844. The clerk who signs this license, Noah W. Matheny, was a brother of James H. Matheny, the close Lincoln friend who stood as "best man" at the Lincoln wedding. Accompanied by a later marriage license of more ornate style, also signed by Matheny and Dresser, small 4to, May 1854, issued to Samuel Blackburn and Jane Fisher.
Together with Charles Dresser Partly Printed Document Signed, one page, 7.5" x 9.5", Sangamon Co., Ill., 31 May 1854. A combination marriage license and certificate, the former filled out and signed by county court clerk N. W. Matheny, 31 May 1854, the latter filled out and signed by Dresser, attesting to the marriage of Samuel Blackburn and Jane Fisher. Printed in red with ornate borders that feature tiny cherub heads in the left-hand corners. Hale was a Yale graduate and friend of the famous Beecher family, Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church in Springfield; participated in Lincoln's hometown funeral. Discolorations and some separations at folds, else near fine.
Together with Albert Hale Partly Printed Document Signed, one page, 7.5" x 9.5", Sangamon Co., Ill., 23 August 1854. A combination marriage license and certificate, the former filled out and signed by county court clerk N. W. Matheny, 21 August 1854, the latter filled out and signed by Hale as "Minister of the Gospel" two days later, attesting to the marriage of John Prickel and Anna Mangold. Printed in blue with ornate borders that feature tiny cherub heads in the left-hand corners. Hale was a Yale graduate and friend of the famous Beecher family, Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church in Springfield; participated in Lincoln's hometown funeral. Discolorations at folds, else near fine.
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