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    [Abraham Lincoln] Joseph Cosey Forged Affidavit. One page, 8.75" x 5.75", Illinois, December 10, 1854. Cosey has forged a "Copy of Affidavit of William Coulter, Plaintiff" and signed "A. Lincoln (counsel)." It reads in part: "William Coulter together with his counsel Lincoln and Herndon and being duly sworn deposes and says that the statements contained in the attached Declaration are to the best of his knowledge and belief true."

    Also included is a newspaper clipping of a debated early daguerreotype possibly picturing a thirty-four year old Lincoln.

    Notorious for his forgeries, Cosey specialized in Lincoln documents like this one, though he never quite perfected the signature. Though outstanding at his craft, the he made mistakes and was arrested in 1937 after attempting to sell a Lincoln forgery. After his release three years later, he continued producing forgeries until his death. When detected, his forgeries have become collectors' items themselves.

    References: Charles Hamilton, Great Forgers and Famous Fakes; Glenbridge Publishing LTD.: 1996

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