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    Fragments of Hearthstones from Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Cabin Homes. Group of four fragments: an irregular piece about 2" x 2" x 1" from the log cabin in which Lincoln was born, contained in a crude, well-worn cardboard box on which Frederick H. Meserve has penned "A fragment from the hearth stone in the cabin in which Abraham Lincoln was born. Rec'd from Ralph A. Gregory, St. Louis. F.H. Meserve"; three other stone fragments, varied sizes, with a wooden box containing a card on which Meserve has penned "Pieces of the hearth stone from the home in Indiana of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1816 to 1830. Received from Ralph A. Gregory". Together with a small snapshot of Gregory standing on the hearthstone site at the Indiana homestead, annotated and signed on verso by Meserve, 1940; a slightly torn typed copy, on onionskin, of a letter by C.V. Brown, Dale, Ind., 5 December 1939, to Gregory, about the Lincoln's years in Indiana and discussing the marking of their cabin site and the moving of the hearthstones, with penciled note by Meserve; and a 8.75" x 11" printed map of the original land entries by Thomas Lincoln and others in the Gentryville area.
    Provenance: Kunhardt, lot 98.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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