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"His complexion is dark and sallow...he has thick black eyebrows...his nose is large... as coarse a face as you would meet anywhere...but redeemed, illuminated, softened, and brightened by a kindly though serious look...and an expression of homely sagacity." Nathaniel Hawthorne.


cw776.jpg (119192 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN CDV ( M-69,O-52) Photograph by Alexander Gardner at M.B. Brady's Gallery, Washington, D.C. sunday, February 24th, 1861. No backmark.  2 9/16" x 3 1/2" . Two cent orange revenue stamp on verso. Exhibits foxing and soiling, trimmed top and bottom, (Cw.776). $SOLD

cw784.jpg (87624 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN CDV. (O-92 ) . Photograph from engraving, Lincoln surrounded by patriotic motif.Yeager, Reading Pa photographer's backmark. Two cent blue revenue stamp on verso. . Some light minor signs of use, overall Fine. (Cw.784); $95.  

cw785.jpg (71049 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN CDV. (O-92 ); Photograph from engraving, Lincoln in oval wreath, with Union Liberty and Peace 1865 below. I think this to be a presidential election campaign related item, as opposed to a post mortem memorial cdv. No photographer's backmark. Top corners clipped,  overall Fine. (Cw.785); $150.

cw786.jpg (100182 bytes)LINCOLN AND TAD ADVERTISING CDV. (O-93Oval portrait of the president and son, surrounded by an embossed patriotic motif. Advertising card for Harrison's Columbian Perfumery, Phila, Pa.  Corners clipped, some light age toning of mount, overall Fine cond.(Cw.786); $225. 



cdv276.jpg (79177 bytes)STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS. Carte de visite (4" x 2 3/8"). Bust view of the Little Giant. Backmark of Case & Getchell, Boston. Avg. wear, good condition. (Cdv. 276) . $155.

cw787.jpg (39806 bytes)HANNIBAL HAMLIN.  Carte de visite (4" x 2 3/8").  Standing view of Lincoln's first vice President. Published by E. Anthony form Brady's Portrait Gallery. Strong tones and clarity, early cdv, Fine condition. (Cw.737) $225.

cw807.jpg (39636 bytes)SETH KINMAN AND CHAIR. Lot of (2) carte de visites. Seth Kinman, a California Hunter and trapper, presented Lincoln with an elk-horn chair on Nov 26, 1864. The cdv of Kinman has the imprinted copyright on the bottom of the mount.  Condition of the image is good, some foxing on the mount. The verso shows having had tape, and having ben being removed, scarring the Brady log.  The cdv of the chair is a pirate copy , good condition w/ loss of detail (as is typical of period copy work). Norton & Ford,photographers backmark. (Cw.807). $395.00 pr 

ln014.jpg (41643 bytes)GEORGE PRENTICE. CDV. George Prentice was born in Connecticut on December 18, 1802, and graduated from Brown University in 1823. He came to Kentucky in 1830 to write a campaign biography entitled The Biography of Henry Clay and remained in this state until his death on January 22, 1870, in Louisville . Prentice became the editor of the Louisville Journal, the newspaper of the Whig Party. The main focus of this paper was the promotion of Henry Clay’s agenda and his multiple presidential campaigns. Prentice brought the Journal from upstart newspaper to the most widely read newspaper in the western United States because of his wit and command of the English language. Upon the failure of the Whig Party, Prentice supported the “Know-Nothing Party” and was seen as the catalyst of the Bloody Monday election-day riots in Louisville on August 6, 1855. Prentice supported John Bell and his Unionist platform in the 1860 election, calling for the Southern states to stay in the Union . Upon the onset of hostilities and Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops, Prentice urged that Kentucky remain a neutral state because of his fear that Kentucky would join the Confederacy. Prentice’s two sons fought in the Confederate army. Prentice became part of Lincoln ’s core group of Kentucky advisors for Kentucky affairs during the war.(Ln.14); $100


L059.jpg (127002 bytes)1860 LINCOLN CAMPAIGN LETTERSHEET.  7 ¼” 5 ¾” 3pp., pencil manuscript Aug. 4, 1860, Plattsburgh NY. Engraving of Beardless Lincoln in oval vignette. Regards, travel in upstate NY, mentions meeting “Barron (sic) Rothschilds,  the great millionaire from Europe”. Other matters concerns hunting and fishing, soldiering near Plattsburgh, etc. (L.59); $325.



ln076.jpg (815866 bytes)LINCOLN  - GREAT WESTERN BILL OF LADING FROM SPRINGFIELD DEPOT.  Bill of lading, 10” x 8” , Sept 2, 1856. The Springfield depot was constructed by The Great Western Railroad in 1852. It was damaged by fire in 1857, which required extensive remodeling. The Great Western Railroad merged with several other small railroads to form the Toledo, Wabash, and Western Railroad, which later became the Wabash Railroad. The company moved its Springfield passenger operations to a building located at Tenth and Washington Streets and operated the old building as a freight house. The depot, located just two blocks from the Lincoln Home, was the location from which Lincoln gave his Farewell Address to his fellow Springfield citizens. In  the  morning in 1861, citizens of Springfield assembled at the station to see Lincoln off. The office was used as a reception room, and his friends and neighbors filed past, taking his hand. As the train pulled in, he mounted the rear platform. Overall Fine cond (tr.313);225.


In 1864 the peace-at-any-price element wrote the Democratic platform calling for an immediate end to the war. They nominated General McClellan for their presidential candidate, but he came out openly for winning the war. President Lincoln was re-nominated by the Republicans under the label of Union party, with Democrat Andrew Johnson as his running mate


cw002.jpg (46502 bytes)GEORGE McCLELLAN . CDV 4 1/4" x 2 3/8". View of Little Mac holding a pair of binoculars. Though original from the negative, this is no photographer's imprint. Exhibits strong tonality, contrast and clarity. (Cw.02); $165.


ln079.jpg (427320 bytes)CHARACTER AND PUBLIC SRVICES OF ARAHAM LINCOLN. .Lincoln Campaign Booklet, Character and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln by William M. Thayer, 75 pp.+ 4 pp ads, 7 x 4 1/2, Ilustrated paper wraps (Boston: Dinsmoor and Company, 1864). Engraved portrait of Lincoln as frontis as well as an engraving of his log cabin birth place  The author describes Lincoln's efforts on behalf of the Union and includes a transcript of the Gettysburg Address. Left side of front wrap has dampstaining, along with replaced spine.  else this is a clean, tightly bound copy.(Ln.79.); $525.




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cw911.jpg (120269 bytes)LINCOLN ELECTION- 1864 LETTER. Washington, Aug 28th, 1864. Three and a half page pen manuscript letter, 8” x 10”. Written from H.K. Cooper to “Friend Mattson” (A.J. Mattson was the enrolling officer and special agent for the provost marshal office in Prophetstown, and instrumental in getting a railroad line to Prophetstown). Interesting comments on the upcoming 1864 election, with a rather prophetic thought that Grant or Sherman would need a victory to help insure the positive outcome for Lincoln. Overall vg condition, easily readable, small amount of residue on back page (had been pasted in a ledger), not affecting text.  (Cw.911); $395.

In part:

Aug 28th , 1864

Friend Mattson,

It is a long time since your last was rec’d & until now it has remained unanswered. The knowledge the Sterling and Rock Island RR is to be built is not likely to benefit me much for as near as I can learn matters are in such a shape that the old Co(?) has nothing to do with the road. (Goes on to talk of other business matters).

Since Receiving your letter have seen several of the 8th Ill Cavly. I enquired after Albert Humes(?) he has since called on me, but before I became aware of it the Regt had left so I have only seen him but once. I intended to have gone to their camp by put if off on account of (?) weather until too late. I have however seen Col. Clendinin since -(?) the regt all right the Col Had been sick and was looking bad. (Goes on to mention a few acquaintances ).

How are matters Politically in Ills ere this reaches you we shall know what the R(?)party has done in Chicago & can form something of an opinion of the chances of electing Lincoln for another term. How will Ills go? I fear we have a got a hard jobon hand between our enemies & they of our own household the results look doubtfull. I think however in my consider it a race between Lincoln and Jeff Davis. The Chicago nominee can be more nor less than an accomplice of his, and we must “fight it out on that line” A good substantial victory by Grant or Sherman will naturally aid us. I hope we may have it should like to have your views of the above & also of any other things of interest in the Country or State. You remember W.W Curtis of Trilton is here in the City has a position in the land office ; by the way I should think Washburn could get you a good position under the Govt if you want one, it makes a rogue out of an honest man so quick however that it is hardly safe to take an office. Give my best wishes to Mrs Mattson,

Yours &c H.K. Cooper


cw851.jpg (33905 bytes)  1864 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. George H. Pendleton. The Copperhead Candidate for Vice President. 9” x 6”, original wraps. 8pp. Union Congressional Committee, Washington , D.C. 1864. foldout anti Pendleton (Geo. McClellan’s running mate) biography. Some minor edge wear and soiling. (CW.851); $145.


On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Gen. U.S. Grant, two days later the Stars and Stripes  were raised over Fort Sumter, where the war had begun.  To celebrate the end of the war, Lincoln took Mary and two guests to Ford's Theatre on the night of April 14. During the third act of the play, 'Our American Cousin', John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head. Booth escaped, and  was shot and killed on April 26 in a Virginia tobacco barn when soldiers and detectives surrounded and set fire to it. Lincoln died without On April 15, 1865, 28 years to the day since he had left New Salem, Lincoln died.  A funeral train carried the president's body back home to Springfield, Ill., where he lies buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 


cw904.jpg (98523 bytes)ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN. New York Semi Weekly Tribune. April 18,1865. 8pp complete. 20 1/2 x 15 1/2". Black mourning column lines. Being semi weekly , this is the first report from this paper of the assassination of Lincoln. Front page large head "APPALLING CALAMITY" .Detailed report on the events Also contains a detailed report of General Lee's surrender and the raising of the flag at Ft. Sumter. Overall fine condition, from bound volume. A key issue. (cw.904); $sold

cw831.jpg (35520 bytes)JOHN WILKES BOOTH. cdv, 4" x 2 3/8".  Seated view of Lincoln's assassin.  No Boston backmark.  Exhibits light soiling and  wear, overall VG-fine cond. (Cw.831); $185. 

cw905.jpg (133133 bytes)BOOTH FOUND AND SHOT LINCOLN - . New York Semi Weekly Tribune. April 28. 1865. 8pp complete. 20 ½ x 15 ½” . Black mourning column lines. Most of the paper concerns itself with the Lincoln assassination, along with the end of the war. Large page 1 four column report (another column continue on page 8) with Large head “THE ASSASSINATION - Booth Found and Shot- His Accomplice, Harold Captured - the Dying Words of the Assassin…” .Page 2 report of the funeral obsequies in NYC. Numerous additional articles about the tragedy. Post war news relates status of the paroled prisoners, the account of the surrender of Mobile, Sherman’s army , etc. Overall fine condition, from bound volume. A key issue. (Cw.905); $sold


To view of selection of Lincoln newspapers, many of which involve the assassination 
and trial of the conspirators click here LINCOLN NEWSPAPERS


cw781.jpg (127252 bytes)LINCOLN'S BOX AT FORD'S THEATRE. Stereo view, 3 1/4" x 7" "War Views. The Private Box at Ford's Theatre, the place where President Lincoln was assassinated" printed information on paste on lable on back. Negative by Brady & Co., published by E. & H.T. Anthony. Though a scarce view, exhibits heavy wear and soiling, non period pen id on bottom of mount. Sold as is. (Cw.781); $600.  

ln045.jpg (231499 bytes)FORD'S THEATRE. Stereo view, 3 1/2" x 7"  "Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated Washington D.C " imprinted in negative. American Views publisher.  A bit of dampstaining along mount edge, some age toning, o/w VG- Fine cond.  (Ln.45); $100.

cw815.jpg (28251 bytes)LINCOLN MEMORIAL. DISSECTED LEAVES. Stereo view. 3 ¼” x 6 ¾” Yellow mount. E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. #4806. View of memorial to Lincoln : his portrait on a black cross, skeletal leaves, etc . Light soiling, else G+. (Cw. 815); $55

cw819.jpg (46820 bytes)LINCOLN FUNERAL, NEW YORK CITY. Stereo view. 3 ¼” x 7” Yellow mount. E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. #2957. View of Lincoln's funeral looking up Broadway, April 25th, 1865. Copyright notice on bottom of mount.: Ownership stamp on verso . Light wear to corners, light soiling, else G+. (Cw. 819); $300.

ln134.jpg (421573 bytes)FUNERAL MARCH. Sheet music, "Funeral March to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln". Mrs E.A. Parkhurst. 1865. 13 3/4" x 10 3/4", 5 pp. complete. Some light discoloration, foxing and a small amount of dampstaining along top right edge, o/w VG. (ln.134); $145.

ln109.jpg (176323 bytes)A NATION MOURNS HER MARTYR'D SON - Sheet music,   1865. 13 3/4" x 10 3/4", 5 pp. complete. From bound volume, show minor binding marks along spine. Store blindstamp t/r, exhibits light use and wear, overall VG-Fine. (Ln.109); $145.

ln112.jpg (331866 bytes)FUNERAL REQUIEM. Sheet music, "Lincoln Requiem". Words by Irene Boyton, music by J.A. Butterfield. 1865. 13 " x 10 1/2", 5 pp. complete.From bound volume with stitching remnants along spine. Exhibits some soiling and wear, overall VG-fine cond.  (Ln.112); $135.

ln104.jpg (463150 bytes)FAREWELL FATHER, FRIEND AND GUARDIAN. Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  From bound volume with stitching remnants along spine, light discoloration and wear, 1 1/4" tear bottom left center edge, o/w Gd. (ln104); $140.

ln116.jpg (331882 bytes)ENJOLRAS THE SONG OF THE PATRIOT Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Spine split, light discoloration and wear, 1  o/w Gd. (Ln.116); $130.

ln115.jpg (222916 bytes)OH' SPEAK TO ME ONCE MORE Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. (ln.115); $130.

ln126.jpg (402243 bytes)REST NOBLE CHIEFTAIN Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. (Ln.126); $130.

ln136.jpg (429457 bytes)OUR FLAG IS HALF- MAST HIGH Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. San Francisco imprint. (Ln.136); $135.

ln133.jpg (448664 bytes)LINCOLN'S GRAVE Mourning Sheet Music, 13" x 10 1/2".  Light discoloration and wear, o/w VG. 1865 5pp. complete. (Ln.133); $145.

ln140.jpg (563356 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG. - ABE LINCOLN - MOURNING – FUNERAL MARCH  To The Memory of Abraham Lincoln . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 13 1/4" x 10".  5pp complete. From bound volume wih accompanying bindery marks along spine, exhibits some use and wear, overall VG. (Ln140); $240

ln141.jpg (435666 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG.  ABE LINCOLN MOURNING – THE NATION IN TEARS . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 11 1/4" x 9”.  3pp complete.  Of note is the back cover showing the Lincoln's funeral procession with catafalque on Broadway in NYC. A somewhat pulpish paper, almost the quality of newspaper stock;  exhibits wear and use, chipping along edges, some small edge tears,  etc; as is.  ( ln141)' $125.





ln141back.jpg (565264 bytes)Back cover

ln142.jpg (553843 bytes)SHEET MUSIC- 1865 - ORIG.  ABE LINCOLN  MOURNING – PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S FUNERAL MARCH  . Lithograph mourning sheet music, 13 1/4" x 10".  5pp  complete. Spine has been re-enforced by linen tape,  exhibits some use and wear, 2” tear back cover,  overall VG. ( ln142); $245.



cw841.jpg (35605 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Abraham Lincoln; His Life and Its Lessons. 9 ¼” x 6”, original wraps, 38pp. Loyal Publication Society, New York, 1865. Printed sermon preached on April 30, 1865, Joseph Thompson, D.D., pastor of the Broadway Tabernacle Church. Some light staining front cover, o/w VG. (CW.841); $85.  

cw842.jpg (26615 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Death of President Lincoln.A Discourse Upon The Life, Services and Death of Abraham Lincoln. 9 ¼” x 5 ¾”, original wraps, 32pp. John A Gray &Green, New York, 1866. Second edition. Hiram Crozier, delivered April 19, 1865, Huntington, L.I.. Crease on back cover, o/w VG.  (CW.842); $85.  

cw843.jpg (34499 bytes)ABRAHAM LINCOLN .A Discourse on the Death of Abraham Lincoln. 9 ¼” x 6”, original wraps, 16pp. Press of Dakin and Metcalf, Boston, 1865. Printed sermon preached on April 19, 1865, Rev. J.E. Rankin., pastor of the Winthrop Church, Charlestown. Back cover detached, last page has the external margin cut (not affecting text);, o/w VG. (CW.843); $85.

cw838.jpg (87043 bytes)NATIONAL LINCOLN MONUMENT.Cdv. Photograph from engraving of the Lincoln Monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Anderson's National Gallery, Springfield, Ill photographer's imprint. Fine cond. (Cw838); $85. 



ln176.jpg (929560 bytes)ALS - JOHN DAWSON - LONG NINE .Partial ALS,  the top half of this letter is missing.  5 3/8 x 7 7/8. n.d., Split at one fold, o/w good.  John Dawson was born in Fairfax County, Va. He moved to Bracken County, Kentucky in 1805 and was a Kentucky Volunteer during the War of 1812. At the 1813 Battle of River Raisin (a disastrous U.S. defeat by combined British and Indian forces) he was wounded by a musket ball that lodge in his lungs and captured by Indians. He was held as a prisoner in Canada by the Indians until friends paid a ransom for him and he was released. Returning to Kentucky he married Cary Jones in 1817. In 1827 they moved to Sangamon County, IL, and raised a large family. In 1832, during the Black Hawk War, he was Captain of a Company of mounted volunteers from Sangamon County in a "Spy Battalion" under Major James D. Henry, and Brig. Genl. Samuel Whiteside. A Whig, he served in the Illinois General Assembly (representing Sangamon County) five times between 1831 and 1846. 

He served with Abraham Lincoln representing Sangamon County when Lincoln was first elected to the State Legislature in 1834. Along with Lincoln, Dawson was one of the "Long Nine" from Sangamon County (i.e, these nine members of the House and Senate were at least six feet tall and shared similar political principles in the Legislature) who secured the removal of the State capital to Springfield from Vandalia at the session of 1836-37. Dawson was also a member of the convention that framed the State constitution of 1848. The musket ball in lungs from the Battle of River Raisin was never extracted and was the cause of his death on November 12, 1850. Dawson, IL, is named in his honor.

 I am inclined to believe that the John in this letter was Major John Todd Stuart, Lincoln's commander during the Black Hawk War and later law associate (and cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln), because Lincoln, Dawson, and Stuart served together in the Illinois Assembly. Stuart was a U.S. Congressman from 1839-43 (beating out Douglas for the spot), and a Illinois State Senator from 1848-52. Thus, it is possible that this letter was written between 1848-50, when Dawson was a State Senator, and Douglas was a new U.S. Senator. 
In this letter to an unknown recipient named "John" [quite possibly John Todd Stuart, Lincoln's law partner and Mary Todd Lincoln's cousin], Dawson mentions Stephen A. Douglas and efforts on behalf of a Rev. War Veteran. He writes, in part:

     "... now John, you I know to be industrious and untiring, I want you to repeal the Penitentiary clause, or allow pay to agents, or repeal the laws creating these Agencys, and not expect services to be rendered the U.S. for nothing. I wish you to withdraw from the Com[missoner] of Pension a petition signed by the members of the last Legislature and Govr. and Lieut. Govr. asking Congress to grant to John Edmunson a pension by law and present the same, and tell Douglas to do his best for him as he is one of his constituents. The petition I sent to strengthen his claim in the usual way but it failed. If you can withdraw the declaration accompanying it, it would give strength, as the same was done before our Court, and the opinion of the Court annexed as to the propriety of giving him a pension. Do you and Douglas what you can for the old man. He merits it. His services has been as certain rendered to [the] U.S. in the Revolution as that [of] George Washington Comd'er. He is poor and dependant on charity for to live. Accomplish this if you can, you and Douglas. It's a meritorious case. Let me hear from you as often as you can and oblige your old friend, John Dawson." 

 A good writing example with some content by one of Lincoln's associates and one of the "Long Nine." (Ln.176); $150. 



cdv290.jpg (82348 bytes)GENERAL DAVID HUNTER .Cdv. 4 1/2 x 2 3/4" . David Hunter rode on his inaugural train and became one of his most controversial generals. Hunter served in the honor guard at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln and accompanied his body back to Springfield. He was the president of the military commission trying the conspirators of Lincoln's assassination, from May 8 to July 15, 1865. Anthony/ Brady backmark.  Fine cond. (Cdv290); $245. 

cw877.jpg (33607 bytes)LINCOLN ILLUSTRATED ENVELOPES REFERENCE. Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Envelopes and Letter Paper 1860-1865. Author: Milgram, James W. Publisher: (Northbrook, IL) Northbrook Publishing Company, Inc. (1984) First printing. Quarto, Full cloth, black and white photographs, 272 pages. Condition: Fine. No dust jacket.  Excellent reference to stationery and envelopes printed during the Civil War either to commemorate or denigrate Abraham Lincoln. Milgram catalogues and illustrates over 380 items. Also includes separate catalogues of political campaign stationery and Civil War patriotic stationery, followed by a selection of historical letters and other objects of paper relating to Lincoln. Bound in black cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in silver foil.  (Cw.877); $55.


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