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    [Abraham Lincoln]: 1860 Commentary and Election Bet Documents. 5" x 8" letter from L. Moffatt to C. V. R. Norton of Claremont, New York, written from the Richmond Iron Works on February 12, 1860 (coincidentally Lincoln's birthday), 3pp. In part: "... I am sorry to see that you still retain your queer ideas in regard to the fate of the democratic party next fall. Why I am not much of a betting man, but in this case I would be willing to risk a couple of 'crullers' against a 'Siscoe' that the democratic candidate for President will be elected next fall & if Stephen A. Douglass is the man he will have a large majority - Do you take the bet? The bet to be paid in Albany next fall or winter if we are both alive and well." He then discusses Republican opposition in Congress to abolishing the franking privilege ("... for the purpose of carrying on the Presidential campaign next fall they veto against the bill. However it is all for the good of the colored brethren [Black Republicans] & that will probably justify them in the eyes of their constituents.") Sold together with a 7 ¾" x 10" single page manuscript addressed "To My Democratic Father", dated October 26, 1860, proposing a bet on the outcome of the 1860 election. The son to come visit his parents for a month if Douglas wins and is inaugurated and the father to visit his son for a month if Lincoln wins. It concludes: "Now sign this if you dare and put it into Mothers hands and let her witness the contract. Write and let me know." It was only signed by the son, a "Lincoln man", and so did not take effect. The father was probably smart enough to know this was a "sucker" bet!

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