LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. 1809-1865.
LINCOLN EXPLAINS HIS WIFE'S OUTBURST.
Autograph Letter Signed ("A. Lincoln"), 1 p, 4to, Springfield, February 20, 1857, to John E. Rosette, tipped at all edges to album leaf, expert paper restoration to verso, near fine.
Lincoln writes this letter to fellow attorney John Rosette, sheepishly explaining the circumstances of Mary Lincoln's refusal to subscribe to The Republican, a local paper. Lincoln admits that he is not a fan of the periodical, but had planned on subscribing; his wife, however, had other ideas. In full: "Your note about the little paragraph in the Republican was received yesterday, since which time I have been too unwell to notice it. I had not supposed you wrote or approved it. The whole originated in mistake. You know by the conversation with me that I thought the establishment of the paper unfortunate, but I always expected to throw no obstacle in its way, and to patronize it to the extent of taking and paying for one copy. When the paper was brought to my house, my wife said to me, 'now are you going to take another worthless little paper?' I said to her evasively, 'I have not directed the paper to be left.' From this, in my absence, she sent the message to the carrier. This is the whole story." Published in The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2, p.135, 1894.
Provenance: The Presidential Autograph Collection of Alfred L. Baker.