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    Abraham Lincoln: Election of 1860 Eyewitness Accounts. Pair of letters written in 1860 describing, first-hand, the presidential election. The first is a 4-page letter written from Lowell, Massachusetts on November 10, 1860 (with postal used transmittal envelope). After the usual chit-chat, the female writer (Kate Danforth) states, beginning on page three, "We are having great times here on Politics, the girls in the house, are all for Lincoln and they say I am a Democrat, so I defend that side as well as I can and I assure you, we have some warm secessionists. There is one in the number (a New Yorker). She will get so mad that she will turn as red as a rooster (as the saying goes) and it is fun for me to talk with her. Next Wednesday night the Railsplitters are going to have a parade of torch lights and fire works, & c." (written in light, but legible pen). The second is a 4-page letter written from Circleville on November 7, 1860. On page two, Hattie declares: "I guess I will have to talk politics awhile. Yesterday was 'Lection. Hurrah!!! Hurrah!!! For Lincoln, he is elected by an overwhelming majority. Are you Lincoln, if not I pity you. We are having big times here over the election. I guess your Uncle Wm. Feels rather blue today. Have you any Wide Awakes in your place. There is a Republican party here, by that name they march on the streets with their torches very frequently and look very fine. Lizzie & I followed them one night until 12 o'clock, but we were not alone. I had more fun that night than a little, nearly every body was on the street, a great many houses were illuminated and everything looked very beautiful."



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