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    Eight Strands of Abraham Lincoln's Hair. One strand is held by a small, thin strip of tape to a business envelope of autograph auctioneer Charles Hamilton, who has written on its face "Lincoln's hair, one strand, certified authentic by me Mar 8 1972 Charles Hamilton". Seven more strands are held with a similar thin strip of tape to the first page of a two-page photocopy of an autograph letter signed by J.B.S. Todd, written on Executive Mansion stationery, 16 May 1865, to Clinton Rice in New York city. Todd, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, writes of the conspiracy trial, referring to "our noble President. . . . That such a frightful war crime could be committed in our day and time of civilization shocks and amazes me. . . . I am happy to tell you that Mrs. Lincoln is improving slowly. She is now able to leave her room for short intervals. . . . [P]oor heart, she has been lowered to the very dust under the weight of her bereavement." He concludes the letter by sending "what I believe you will prize highly. A small lock of the hair of our martyred President. I am sorry I have so little that I cannot share more." These hairs presumably came from Todd's supply.

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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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