Archive for Sunday, February 12, 2012

100 years ago: Lawrence woman treasures Lincoln’s letter to her father

February 12, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 12, 1912:

  • "Miss Sarah C. White of 1032 Ohio street is in possession of a rare relic of the days of Abraham Lincoln, in the form of a letter written from the famous president to her father, the late David White of this city. The manuscript was written in the clear legible hand of Lincoln, for those were the days before the stenographer was one of the necessary accessories of the law office. The latter has been well preserved and recently Miss White has had it framed. It is intact with the exception of one corner which has been torn away and lost, leaving the letter incomplete and giving the reader a chance to guess at what the last word may have been.... At the time David White was a Justice of the Peace in Clinton county, Ill. Abraham Lincoln was then known throughout the west as the greatest legal authority in the country. Whenever the country judges and other officials became confused they sought the advice of the Springfield lawyer."
  • "At the meeting of women held yesterday, a most vigorous and emphatic protest was entered against the Quincy school building as being unfit for usage. After much discussion a committee was appointed to confer with the school board and see what can be done.... The story was not a pleasing one to hear. It carried the news that at Quincy school the children are going where the sanitary conditions in the lavatories are unfit, where the lighting is wretched and where there is no ventilation except by opening the windows and allowing the cold air to rush in."


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 3 months ago

I wonder where "Honest Abe's" letter is today, maybe some family member of Miss Sarah,(not our favorite Miss Sarah from Lawrence) has it in safe keeping

Sarah St. John 6 years, 3 months ago

I'd love to know that too. I'd also like to know what ever happened to the portrait of Lincoln described here:

It was rather large, about four feet by six feet, and it was presented to the library in May 1911. Where would something like that end up, I wonder? The library was housed in the Carnegie building back then.... did they find it when they closed up shop there? If so, what did they do with it? It would be hard to lose something so big.

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