Sale 343

Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War


Cabinet, Staff, Family and other Notables
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 3086

Hannibal Hamlin, free frank "free H. Hamlin" endorsement on cover to Topsham, Me., "Washington, D.C. Free, Jan 2 '65" d.c.d.s.; Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

This was sent two months before Hamlin's term ended.

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Lot 3087

William H. Seward, free frank "William H. Seward" endorsement on cover from his hometown to Washington D.C. bearing "Auburn N.Y. Jun 25" and matching "Free" rating handstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150

Lincoln's Secretary of State, who would later buy Alaska for the United States.

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Lot 3088
Edward Everett, Carte de Visite Photograph, classic Brady portrait, published by E. Anthony of New York City, rounded corners, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Everett was vice-presidential running mate the Constitutional Union Party's John Bell in the 1860 presidential election. In November of 1863, at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Everett was the principle speaker. His two-hour formal oration preceded Lincoln's very brief Gettysburg Address. Everett was impressed by the President's concise speech and wrote to him observing "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."

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Lot 3089

Gideon Welles, free frank "G. Welles" endorsement on ornate "Navy Department" official envelope to General R. C. Hales in Harrisburg, Pa., "Washington D.C. Dec 6" d.c.d.s.; opening tear, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200
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Lot 3090

Edward M. Stanton, free frank "Edwin M. Stanton" as Secretary of War on cover addressed in his hand to Edwards Pierrepont in New York City, "Washington Dec 5 '66" d.c.d.s., Department of War wax seal on back; some small opening tears, Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150

Edward M. Stanton was Secretary of War under Lincoln, and would also serve under Andrew Johnson as shown by this cover in 1866. Edwards Pierrepont would later serve as the U.S. Attorney General under Grant in 1875-76.

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Lot 3091

Simon Cameron, free frank "Simon Cameron" as Secretary of the Treasury, on cover to Philadelphia Pa., "Washington D.C. 'Free' Dec 15" c.d.s., Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300
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Lot 3092

1862 official letter denies permission to ship cargo in blockaded Chesapeake Bay, letter datelined "Treasury Department, July 12th, 1862" official letter from Secretary of the Treasury Simon Cameron that denies permission to ship cargo in blockaded Chesapeake Bay (with seal signature) to John N. Hall in Baltimore Md., denial because it is not under the Treasury's control, rather he suggests contacting the Navy or War department who control the Bay; Very Fine and interesting blockade content.
Estimate $500 - 750
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Lot 3093

Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, finely engraved Post Office note, 9½" x 4¼", bearing Blair's portrait and signed by him (M. Blair), Nov. 4, 1863; light vertical folds filing hole, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150
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Lot 3094

John Hay, free frank signature "John Hay" as Lincoln's Senior Private Secretary on Official envelope with "from the President of the United States" imprint, addressed in John G. Nicolay's hand to himself in care of Governor Evans in Denver City, Colorado Terr., "Washington City D.C. Sep 11 1863" c.d.s.; couple flaws, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400

Nicolay was junior Private Secretary. He was in Denver arranging for secret Federal gold and silver shipments to go to New York to help fund the war effort and buy gun barrels for rifles in Europe.

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Lot 3095

Jonathan G. Nicolay, free frank "Jno. G. Nicolay" as Private Secretary on cover with "from the President of the United States" imprint and addressed in his hand to Frank Moore in New York City, "Washington D.C. 'Free' Feb 4, 1864" c.d.s., Secretary of the President wax flap seal; no flap, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300
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Lot 3096

1861 President Lincoln and his Cabinet (Milgram AL-171), multicolored patriotic design bearing 3¢ dull red (26) horizontal pair, tied by "Geneva N.Y." c.d.s. and addressed to Webster, Mass.; edge faults, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300
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Lot 3097

Lincoln Cabinet Patriotic Letter Sheet, 5" x 7", featuring Lincoln's portrait surrounded by the portraits of his Cabinet, published by T.H. Tingley; illustrated front leaf only, four horizontal folds, two ending in small tears, otherwise Very Fine and scarce. Scott AL-173.
Estimate $400 - 500
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Lot 3098

Abraham Lincoln, Carte de Visite Photograph, shows Lincoln reading to son Tad, published by J.B. & H.D. Hamilton of Cleveland, O.; corners clipped, faint scratch at upper right, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

This photo was originally taken by Matthew Brady in his studio, on February 9, 1864. It soon became one of the most popular of the Lincoln portraits and was reproduced in large quantities and in many variations, both with and without Brady's permission. It is the only close-up of Lincoln wearing reading glasses.

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Lot 3099

Mary Todd Lincoln, Carte de Visite Photograph, published by Philadelphia Photographic Co., handstamped in blank bottom margin "Sold by a Wounded Soldier"; small tear at bottom edge of photo, well away from image.
Estimate $300 - 400
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Lot 3100

Jonathan G. Nicolay, bold free frank "Jno G. Nicolay" as Private Secretary on cover with "from the President of the United States" imprint and addressed in Mary Todd Lincoln's hand to Fuller Brothers in New York City, "Washington D.C. 'Free' Aug 20, 1861" c.d.s.; paper loss from wax seal removal, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750
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Lot 3101

Schuyler Colfax, free frank "Schuyler Colfax" as Speaker of the House, on illustrated 38th Congress Representatives all-oval envelope addressed to Rev. A Gregory, Chaplain, Seminary Hospital in Covington, Ky., "Congress, Washington C.D., Apr 22" d.c.d.s., accompanied by original April 20, 1864 ALS with 38th Congress letterhead with Capital illustration, docketed as received "April 27, 1864"; cover reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine and rare illustrated Congressional envelope use.
Estimate $400 - 500

The original April 20, 1864 ALS reads, "Dear Sir, There is no possability of any increased pay or allowances being made to Chaplains. Indeed, the recent bill had been hard to get through, In Great Haste, Yours truly, Schuyler Colfax".

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