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The print features the full text of Abraham Lincoln's letter to Lydia Parker Bixby. The letter, rumored to have been written by Lincoln's private secretary John Hay, was written in 1864 to offer condolences to Bixby, who claimed to have lost five sons during the American Civil War. This copy has been transcribed and printed in a standard typeface and is accompanied by a small information card. It was originally enclosed within a thin black frame but was removed for preservation.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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13 X 11 inches
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ink on paper
recto, at top: THE FAMOUS LETTER TO MRS. BIXBY / BY / ABRAHAM LINCOLN recto, information card: Privately printed by / Harry D. Oppenheimer / Chicago, February, 1942
Bixby, Lydia Parker, 1801?-1878; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Item # 7040 was found inside the same frame.
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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