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The pictorial envelope is from a set of five Civil War-era envelopes. The cartoon image depicts William Seward and Winfield Scott in boxing ring, where Abraham Lincoln has just defeated Jefferson Davis. It is printed in black ink on an off-white envelope.


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

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3 1/4 X 5 3/4 inches

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ink on paper and adhesive


recto: CHAMPION PRIZE ENVELOPE - LINCOLN & DAVIS IN 5 ROUNDS. / 4TH ROUND. / SEWARD: GENERAL, WHERE IS SECESSION NOW? / SCOTT: DON'T YOU SEE THAT GREASESPOT? / Published by J. H. Tingley 152 1/2 Fulton ST. N.Y. / Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1861 by T.S. Peirce in the Clerks Office of the Southern District of New York. recto, above the figures on left: I HAVE TAKEN THE WORLD BY SURPRISE recto, below the figure on right: BOTTS. CRITTENDEN. / VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY / MAY NOW BE HEARD IN BEHALF OF THE WHOLE UNION.


Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866; Seward, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1872; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Work Type

pictorial envelope




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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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Champion for Prize Envelope - Lincoln & Davis in 5 Rounds, 4th Round



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