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    Anti-Lincoln Sketch with Letter. A partial drawing by a Ms. Alice Osborne on the back of a letter, 5" x 8", n.p.; October 31 [circa 1864]. On the back of a letter to an unknown recipient, is a sketch of an American flag, with ivy around the base, surrounded by snakes. The snakes at the base of the flag, labeled "Copperhead" are chasing off "Abolishionists" snakes. Falling from the flag is a bleeding snake labeled "Abe Lincoln", while another snake "McClellan" is perched at the top of the flagpole. At the side of the image is written, "McClellan forever, Hurrah Oh hurrah. Up with McClellan, Down with Old Abe" and "One stands ready to take him as he falls". Also appearing with the drawing are two poems (one on verso) dedicated to George B. McClellan. The one below the drawing reads:

    "Oh see how Old Abe Lincoln falls;
    McClellan walks to whitehouse falls,
    And soldier boys he round him calls,
    So early in the morning.
    Oh see the Abolishionists rurn;
    Oh glory glory aint it furn,
    That their wicked days on earth are done,
    So early in the morning."

    The poem titled "McClellan Forever" on verso reads, "I will not change, I will be the same. Oh Alpine hills, in valleys fair, Oh high upon the Arctic plains, Or flashing by the Panther's lair. A.O." Alice made a notation under this, writing: "Blacksnake I should have said instead of Panther". George McClellan had been nominated by the Copperheads to run against Lincoln in the 1864 election, despite being a pro-war candidate. McClellan was set to preserve the Union, but did not support the abolition of slavery.

    Accompanying the drawing is another letter from Alice addressed to Jack Barton, 5" x 8", Bainbridge; August 19 [no date]. On the back of the letter, Alice has drawn a tree and gravesite, which is accompanied by a poem in honor of Barton's brother. The memorial poem, in full:

    "Your Brother has not left you,
    He has only gone before,
    To rest his tired nature
    On that angel's happy shore.
    He will come to thee with [paper loss]
    From that bright spirit [missing]
    And with the found assurance
    That there's no broken band.
    Like a star of richest beauty
    He will shine around thy way,
    Until in Heaven you meet him,
    When you too, will pass away."

    Condition: Usual mail folds and toning on both. The anti-Lincoln drawing is incomplete, and has some small amounts of paper loss along the edge and multiple spots of soiling. The other letter has an area of paper loss that affects the letter and poem. There are multiple creases and a few tears at the lower half.

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