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    [Abraham Lincoln]: Several Examples of Hate Mail. Three [3] examples of correspondence reflecting negative views of Lincoln, two with the original postal used envelopes. 1) Four-page letter written on April 19, 1863 from Baltimore to Guy A. Clifford from his father. In part: "... this cursed cruel murderous war... has ruined this country and devastated the land, has prevented thousands as well as me from [illeg] homes... [A.P.]... is down there being told by others that he must kill yes kill and be killed by them that has done him or us no harm destroying burning plundering making desolate the land... Guy don't go to the war this cursed war. fight for your right which is your life at home. Stand on Freedom's side... As for old candle moulds who is he an old tyrant usurper how come he old fool where he is did old Abe make him or give him that place... dam those Black long Hells I know them well the cause of all this trouble." 2) a second 4-page letter from this incoherent, embittered old codger, Mr. Clifford, to his son, written on November 13, 1864. In part: "... You see by this time that the King Abe is re-established as I foretold you that we were lost and that it was not the union that we were fighting for but to destroy the blessings we had and trample the poor down under foot. There is no salvation for us we have had the last Presidential election that we shall ever have... a central government will be finally established and of the most arbitrary too... his life [the common man] will not be worth a straw imprisonment death and torture are his doom... I trust that you did not vote for Old Abe oh no not you and how any one could I canot see." 3) For a slight change of pace, we offer an 8" x 6" letter from a young fellow in Arkansas named H. B. Lovell to his brother CSA Private J. F. Lovell, a.k.a. "Big Bud". In part: "... You must fight hard and not lit them whip you. You must kill Old Abe Lincoln and send me his scalp and a peace of his hair if you can..." We sense perhaps that Big Bud was killed in the war or was a draft dodger, as a reply written by "Ma" appears as a postscript of sorts: "Your Brother knows Old Abe is not there but he wishes all of his stripe to be killed." Charming!

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