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    The Tablecloth upon which Abraham Lincoln Ate His Last Meal. White linen, woven with delicate floral and leaf designs, 58 inches square. Mary Lincoln gave this cloth to her friend Mrs. James H. Knowlton, wife of a Wisconsin legislator and county judge who once also practiced law in Chicago; one known letter by Mrs. Lincoln to Judge Knowlton (3 August 1872, condemning her husband's biographer and law partner Ward Lamon) is published in Turner and Turner. While in the Gelatt collection this item was described as "'the tablecloth upon which the President ate his last meal.' Statement of Mrs. Lincoln upon the presentation of this relic." Lightly soiled; ink marked "Lincoln 4".

    : Victoria M. Gelatt collection, exhibited in Chicago, 7-12 February 1934, item number 48; among Knowlton items sold by Sotheby; Parke Bernet Inc., New York, 2-3 December 1981, lot 533.

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