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    Abraham Lincoln Document Signed "Abraham Lincoln" as President, one page, 18.5" x 14.5". Washington, January 29, 1862. Countersigned "Caleb B. Smith" as Secretary of the Interior. Appointment of Benjamin B. French as "Commissioner of Public Buildings and Grounds in the City of Washington." French had served in this position under Pierce from 1853-1855. According to The White House Historical Association, in the Lincoln administration, French "was charged with taking care of the Capitol, the President's House, and Washington's avenues, public squares, reservations, and bridges; administering the Capitol police and watchmen; and disbursing the money appropriated for the public works and property. Additionally he would soon be appointed the disbursing agent for the Capitol extension and the new dome." French served until 1867. Benjamin B. French was known not only for his political and Masonic posts (Grand Master of the District of Columbia, 1846-1853), but also as a poet. On July 4, 1861, he composed and sent to Mrs. Lincoln about 30 lines of poetry, which closed with the stanza: "So Washington's and/Lincoln's names/Twined in a wreath shall be,/One gave a Nation to the World,/The Other keeps it free." Heavy folds, one passing through "B" of Smith's signature. Embossed 1.75"-diameter seal of the Department of the Interior at the left. Dark full signature of Abraham Lincoln. Fine condition.

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