LINCOLN, ABRAHAM Facsimile of Lincoln's response to the Methodist Church.
Lincoln's original letter written 18 May 1864, the facsimile likely 1864-1875. 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (24.5 x 19.5 cm). The text page with a few stray spots and stains, one horizontal fold with a short split at one end, the sheet mounted to a sheet of lined paper and with a long printed page of Methodist text affixed, further pencil notations to verso.
Uncommon facsimile of apparently unknown origin of Lincoln's response to the Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church: "it may fairly be said, that the Methodist Episcopal Church, not less devoted than the rest, is, by its greater numbers, the most important of all. It is no fault in others, that the Methodist Church sends more soldiers to the field, more nurses to the hospital, and more prayers to Heaven, than any. God bless the Methodist Church-bless all the churches-and blessed be God, who, in this our great trial giveth us the churches."
We trace no copy of this facsimile at auction and note an article on them and the hunt for the original located at the Library of Congress, see: http://archives.gcah.org/bitstream/handle/10516/3246/Methodist-History-2012-04-Stowell.pdf?sequence=1
C Property of a Maine Collector
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