A not too long ago found letter written by President Abraham Lincoln in the course of the early a part of the Civil Struggle bought final week in Pennsylvania for $85,000, in keeping with outstanding autograph seller Nathan Raab.
The beforehand unpublished letter had been in the identical non-public assortment for at the least a century earlier than it was acquired earlier this yr, stated Nathan Raab, the principal of the Raab Collection, which buys and sells historic autographs, paperwork and signed letters. Dated Aug. 19, 1861 and addressed to American civil engineer and Union Military Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr., the letter paperwork Lincoln’s wartime strategizing, exhibits using the science of the day to guard Washington, and sheds mild on political tensions.
“Discovering unpublished, unknown letters of Abraham Lincoln is more and more uncommon,” Raab stated in a statement concerning the doc on the Pennsylvania assortment’s web site. The letter, which measures 5 by 8 inches, was bought to a personal collector within the southeastern U.S.
“You intend elevating for the service of the U.S., a Civil Engineer Corps,’’ Lincoln writes within the letter addressed from the White Home, which he referred to as the “Govt Mansion.” “I’m not succesful to evaluate of the worth of such a corps; however I might be glad to just accept one if authorized by Gen. Scott, Gen. McClellan & Gen. Totten. Please see them and get their views upon it.”