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    Robert Todd Lincoln Letter Signed while secretary of war. Three pages, 5" x 8", on departmental letterhead, Washington, 27 July 1883, to Sen. George F. Edmunds. Lincoln had apparently been invited to a farming-related event, perhaps a fair, in Edmunds's home state of Vermont, but declines with self-deprecating humor: "I think it likely that few persons would be better able than myself to show Vermont friends how old a man may be without knowing anything of agriculture; but I will not be able to do it on this occasion." He explains that "our Yellowstone expedition will be certainly prolonged so that we will be not further east than Fort Ellis, in Montana, by the first of September; and if I can . . . I would be glad then to go into Oregon." Lincoln supposes he would be "very kindly received" should he come to Vermont, adding "I know that Col. Cannon's hospitality is famous." An uncommon mention of the Wyoming expedition that President Chester Arthur, Lincoln and fellow nabobs undertook with Gen. Phil Sheridan; a group photo of them lounging in the "wilds" appears in The Lincoln Family Album (Doubleday, 1990). Light smudge at the top of page one; fine.

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