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Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) to Fanny Barrow

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04030 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) Place Written: Springfield, Illinois Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 December 1860 Pagination: 3 p. : envelope ; 13 x 16.7 cm

Summary of Content: Thanks Barrow for the box of books she sent for her sons and states it arrived the day after her son William's birthday. She then writes of the impending Civil War, "Trusting that the gloomy cloud which hangs over our beloved country may soon be dispelled and that peace and harmony may be restored." Addressed to Barrow in New York City. Year inferred from envelope.

Background Information: Barrow was the author of popular children's books and wrote under the pen name, Aunt Fanny. William Lincoln died from an illness in the White House in 1862.

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Fanny, Aunt, 1822-1894
Barrow, Frances Elizabeth, 1822-1894
Lincoln, William Wallace, 1850-1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyGiftLibraryHolidays and CelebrationsCivil WarFirst Lady

Sub Era: The Failure of Compromise

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