An Abraham Lincoln Signed Check
Abraham Lincoln [1809-1865]. Autograph Check Signed.
Springfield: March 21, 1859. Printed check with date, recipient,
amount (in text and numerals), and signature, all in Lincoln's
hand. Check is for $28.48 made to "J. B. Perkins Sheriff," and
is drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company.
Approximately 2.5 x 7.5 inches. On white paper, printed in blue.
With three cancels, two being small holes (one with creased damage
- neither of which affects Lincoln's manuscript), the third being
in an "X" shape over the date, with loss to the word "March," and
interfering with the "1" of "21". Some toning to edge (item had
been matted at one time). Still, very good. [Together with]:
Typed Letter Signed by Lincoln family lawyer Frederic N.
Towers to Reverend Joseph R. Sizoo (on behalf of Mrs. Robert
Lincoln and dated March 23, 1928), sending Rev. Sizoo the present
check. Joseph B. Perkins (1824-1896) was elected as sheriff for
Sangamon County in 1858 (the first democratically elected sheriff
for that county). Previously sold at Swann Galleries in 2010.
From a private collection in North Carolina.
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