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Lot # 1607 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1861 Abraham Lincoln Signed Presidential Order

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,036.25

One-page Presidential order, dated November 9, 1861, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. In this official order, dating from the first year of the Civil War, Lincoln directs the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to an international letter. In full:

I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to the envelope of a letter addressed "To His Excellency Jose Joaquin Perez, President of the Republic of Chile." dated this day, and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant.

It has been flawlessly signed "Abraham Lincoln" in black ink, with the signature grading "10." The document is both printed and handwritten; however, the handwritten portion is not in Lincoln's hand and was most likely transcribed by a secretary. Interestingly, a copy of the letter Lincoln wrote to President Perez, which is also dated November 9, 1861, can be found on page nineteen in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 5 (The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1953) and at this link:;view=fulltext. The document (8 x 10 inches), which is written on the first page of a fold-over sheet, displays light toning, mainly at the fold lines. The central fold (spine) appears to have once been completely separated but has since been professionally repaired. Professional conservation is evident along the two horizontal fold lines as well. A docket, written in pencil, appears on the reverse and reads "9 Nov 1861/Envelope of letter/Chile." In Excellent condition overall, with note to the restoration. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $5,036.25

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