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A. Lincoln ALS RE: Real Estate Sale to Cover Debt PSA/DNA Slabbed and Graded PSA Mint 9

1p, measuring 7.5" x 4", encapsulated to 10" x 6.75." Springfield, Illinois; March 25, 1852. Boldly signed "A. Lincoln" Addressed to Hon. William Thomas, regarding business in Shawneetown. Encapsulated ALS' signed by President Lincoln are extremely rare, let alone one graded a Mint 9 by PSA/DNA. This is the first encapsulated Lincoln ALS that we have ever offered at auction. 

The boldly signed ALS reads in full:

"Springfield, March 25, 1852.

Hon: Wm Thomas

Dear Sir,

I learn you have returned from Shawneetown; and I am anxious to hear what discoveries you made in my matters there. Will you please drop me a line?

Yours as ever.


Lincoln had worked on a legal case, Dorman v. Lane, which involved the sale of real estate in Shawneetown to cover a debt. A Shawneetown lawyer had contacted Lincoln to take the case to the Supreme Court in 1842, and as payment, Lincoln received a mortgage to 160 acres near Shawneetown, which he then sold in April of 1853. It is likely that this matter to which Lincoln refers to in his letter to Thomas. The ALS is featured in "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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