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Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) to Abram Wakeman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04420 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Mary Todd (1818-1882) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter Date: no date Pagination: 2 p. ; 17.3 x 25.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Marked private. Requests that he call on Abraham Lincoln, her husband, today. Discusses someone referred to only as "E." Remarks "The game of espionage has been going on to a greater extent, than we have imagined - If the Heavens fall E shall never be restored - Nicoli - himself says that E's mind is positively deranged." States that, "I believe, if possible I shall love & venerate my blessed Husband more than ever." Tells Wakeman to burn this note and to report back to her after he sees "this person," possibly again referring to "E." Document is not dated but previous cataloging dated it as before 1860.

Background Information: Wakeman was a Representative from New York 1855-1857, and postmaster of New York City from 1862 to 1864.

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Wakeman, Abram, 1824-1889
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: First LadyPresidentPoliticsGovernment and CivicsWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryMarriageMental HealthCorruption and ScandalSpying

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