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    "We fear some Jew has it..."

    Abraham Lincoln Assassination: Letter by Wall Street Banker. 2p. ALS, New York, April 15, 1865, written on 5.25" x 8.25" bifolium wove paper stationery of "Taylor & Co. Bankers. No. 16 Wall Street". The writer, O. D. Taylor, writes to "Friend Frederick". The first page is boldly inscribed "Our President is Dead" along the left side and underlined for emphasis. The letter was apparently written just as the news was being received. The initial subject matter relates to some "Prize Money" in the amount of $10,000, likely having to do with privateering. The recipient "made the arrangement with Messrs. Wells Fargo & Co. though we are prepared to cash it... We have not yet heard who holds it and as soon as presented will cash it and send it to you. We fear some Jew has it and sent it before this or on this steamer... It is impossible to write now the excitement here is awful. Even more than in the July Riot though no particular disturbance. Great crowds on every corner. You never saw any similar in your life. For myself I am wild. I think this will be the greatest calamity this country ever felt. We must hope for the best..." Flea bite out of central fold, couple of minor holes, ink burn-through, generally very fine. An exceptional letter.

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