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    Abraham Lincoln Autograph Endorsement Signed "A Lincoln". 5.5" x 3", Georgetown, October 23, 1861. The envelope was originally addressed from "Mayor's Office/ Geo. Town D.C./ [to] The President". The letter from the mayor of Georgetown to President Lincoln has been lost, but in the top left of this envelope, the president wrote a note explaining that he was delegating the issue to Secretary of War Simon Cameron: "Respectfully submitted to the Sec. of War, asking a fair consideration of the case - The writer of the letter is Mayor of Georgetown."

    The mayor of Georgetown in 1861 was Henry Addison. Though we can't be sure what Lincoln wants Cameron to consider, it could be about a case involving a dispute over the 1859 Georgetown mayoral election in which Addison challenged his close loss to Richard R. Crawford. The suit went before the Supreme Court and also involved a dispute over the salary, which could have been the reason that Mayor Addison was still concerned about the issue. Georgetown was an independent municipal government and was officially known as Georgetown, D.C., with its own mayor until it lost its corporate charter in 1871. This envelope is stained and well-worn, but the text is easily read. Remnants of the seal are still obvious on the verso. Fine.

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