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    Allen Gentry, Boyhood Friend of Abraham Lincoln, Partly Printed Document Signed "A. Gentry", about 7.5" x 3", Rockport, Indiana, 5 April 1862, a promissory note to Evans and Basye for $12.25. Both Gentry and his wife Ann were schoolmates of Abraham Lincoln (who, according to a famous story, once helped Ann in a spelling bee by silently pointing to his eye, indicating the letter she needed). Gentry belonged to a better-off family of the neighborhood, his father being a storekeeper, and on the latter's account Allen and Abe piloted a flatboat of produce down the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans in 1828. The trip was uneventful save for one night along the "Sugar Coast" of Louisiana, when they were attacked and injured by seven black men intent on killing and robbing them, an incident Lincoln recalled in one of his few autobiographical statements, saying that after besting their assailants they "' cut cable' 'weighed anchor' and left.'" Fine.

    Also, Jesse Head Autograph Document Signed. Mr. Head was a the Kentucky minister who wed Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, the parents of Abraham Lincoln. One page, 7" x 5.5", Washington [County, Kentucky.], 3 August 1808. Writing as a justice of the peace, Head certifies that William Short, Esq., has taken the oath to similarly serve in that office. Head's handwritten return of marriages including Tom and Nancy was only discovered in the late 1870s, scotching at last rumors of the President's illegitimacy. Toned with folds; fine.

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