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    Abraham Lincoln: 1840 Manuscript Poll Book and Cover Letter. In 1840, Lincoln was a Whig Presidential Elector, pledged to support William Henry Harrison. He failed in this attempt, as he did in 1844 and 1856. There are two components to this lot. The first is a 7.25" x 12.25" bifolium ledger sheet recording the votes of all voters in this particular precinct, who either voted for the slate of Van Buren Electors or the slate of Harrison Electors. The name of "Abraham Lincoln of Sangamon" appears on each of the four pages. The second item is a stampless cover addressed to "Sugargrove Precinct/ N. Dresser Menard Co Clerk/ George Blane". The two-sided letter is signed by Blane and two other polling place judges and attested to by two clerks. It summarizes the vote tallies for the general election held November 2, 1840. The Harrison Ticket prevailed here with "Abraham Lincoln of Sangamon" receiving 68 votes with only 10 votes going for the Van Buren Ticket. Still, the state of Illinois gave a majority to Van Buren. Partial separation at fold of cover letter with some minor loss.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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