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    Abraham Lincoln: Mentor Graham Textbook and New Salem Archive. The star attraction of this lot is a 3.5" x 5.75" textbook, "The Speller and Definer or, Class-Book, No. 2" by E. Hazen. The 215-page book is bound in printed paper boards with an untitled leather spine. It was published in 1833 by McElrath & Bangs of New York. Inscriptions inside indicate it was used by Richard William Wright in 1844 "when a student of Mentor Graham in Petersburg Illinois." Graham was the resident teacher in New Salem where he tutored Abraham Lincoln in grammar and elocution. He thus advanced Lincoln's meager, formal education, which resulted in a career as a lawyer and politician. Like all other New Salem residents, Graham relocated to Petersburg. Given the date of its publication, this book may have been used in one of his New Salem classrooms. It is sold together with non-contemporary publications related to New Salem. These include: parts 1, 4, 5 and 6 of "Petersburg and the Early Home of Abraham Lincoln Artistic and Poetic" (photogravure portfolios), a hardbound copy of "Menard-Salem-Lincoln Souvenir Album" published in 1893, a hardbound copy of "Lincoln at New Salem" published by the Old Salem Lincoln League of Petersburg, Illinois in 1927, a hardbound copy of Carrie Douglas Wright's "Lincoln's First Love" published in 1907, a softbound edition of Joseph Choate's 1900 speech "The Career and Character of Abraham Lincoln", a softbound copy of Margaret Cheaney's 1931 "Lincoln's Days of Destiny: A Pageant of Historic Aprils", two brochures issued by the Ohio Lincoln Sesquicentennial Committee, a memorial booklet and grave-site real photo postcard for Sarah Rutledge Saunders (Ann Rutledge's last surviving sister who died in 1922), plus a grouping of Old Salem Chatauqua programs, circa 1910. This organization was granted land, formerly the site of New Salem, purchased by William Randolph Hearst. They took it upon themselves to restore New Salem, with the goal of eventually transferring the property to the State of Illinois.

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