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    Abraham Lincoln Inscribed Card Signed "For Miss Howell/A. Lincoln/Dec. 9, 1864" as President, 3" x 1.75". Just three days earlier, President Lincoln had delivered what turned out to be his last annual message to Congress, known today as the State of the Union, ending with "In stating a single condition of peace, I mean simply to say that the war will cease on the part of the government, whenever it shall have ceased on the part of those who began it." Exactly four months after Lincoln signed this card, on April 9, 1865, that's exactly what happened as Confederate General Robert E. Lee, as he prepared to surrender to Union Gen. U. S. Grant, remarked, "It would be useless and therefore cruel to provoke the further effusion of blood." The card has glue stains on verso and is soiled with light stains at the "A Li" of the signature. However, President Lincoln's writing is dark and the contrast is excellent. Fine condition.

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