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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [$10.00 Check to Mary Todd Lincoln]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03875 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Springfield, Illinois Type: Document signed Date: 17 November 1859 Pagination: 1 check ; 5.6 x 19.6 cm

Summary of Content: Check signed by Lincoln payable to "wife." Printed in blue ink, drawn on the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company. Printed by Richards & Smith.

Background Information: Possibly for socks and cloth Mary Lincoln purchased that day at Smith's. This is documented in Lincoln Day by Day, edited by Earl Schenck Miers.

Full Transcript: No. _______ [blank line in original] Springfield, Nov. 17 1859. Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Pay to Wife or Bearer Ten /100 Dollars, in current bank notes. $10 /00 A. Lincoln

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentFirst LadyBankingWomen's HistoryFinanceMarriage

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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