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Lincoln, Thomas (b. 1812) to Bela Lincoln [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06052 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Thomas (b. 1812) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 January 1831 Pagination: 4 p. : address ; 24.7 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his brother in Dennysville, Maine. Briefly mentions sleigh riding in the winter. Informs that he went to Washington on the railroad [Baltimore and Ohio Railroad] and describes how the trains run, "the difference between a rail-road and any other is that the carriages run on a bar of iron or rail instead of running on the ground." Includes illustrations of train tracks, a wheel, and a train crossing a bridge on page two. He is happy to hear that Bela's town is setting up a small library and he has some books to give. Another brother named Ben [Benjamin] continues the letter on page two, three and four. Talks about rifles and his love of mathematics. Also mentions the library in Dennysville and offers books. A large piece has been torn out of the upper section of pages three and four causing text loss.

Background Information: The author is not Abraham Lincoln's father.

People: Lincoln, Thomas, 1812-?
Lincoln, Bela, 1805-?
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1802-?

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TransportationTravelRailroadLibraryMathematicsWeaponryEducationChildren and Family

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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