Bedell, Grace. Three Typed Letters, Signed, plus a print & other ephemera
Grace Bedell Writes about Her Role in Lincoln History
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A Grace Bedell grouping, including letters and newspaper articles. Grace Bedell was 11 years old when she wrote to Lincoln advising him to grow a beard. Grace later made a cottage industry of writing to people (for a price) what she had accomplished…changing the face of history.
Three letters in which Bedell describes, in detail, the circumstances of how and why she initially wrote to Lincoln and how she was presented to him at the inaugural train as it passed near her home in New York.
Typed Letter, signed; April 31, 1924; 2-1/4pages. A lengthy letter in which Bedell described, in detail, the circumstances of how and why she initially wrote to Lincoln and how she was presented to him at the inaugural train as it passed near her home in New York.
Typed Letter, signed; August 19, 1926; 1 page. Bedell thanks Hambrecht for sending some “remembrance” (probably of Lincoln) and writes that “The world admires his personal integrity.”
Typed Letter, signed; January 19, 1929; 1 page; plus Fourteen (14) dated newspaper articles on Bedell (1922-31), a Ripley’s ”Believe it or Not” cartoon, and a photograph of Bedell’s letter and its envelope to Lincoln. Hembrecht asks of the whereabouts of Lincoln’s letter or reply to her. Bedell writes that she “state historical collection” of Kansas wanted it as did many others, who “offered tempting sums for it.” But she did not part with it. “It now rests in a fireproof vault of the bank of which my husband has been cashier for forty nine years.” She continues that the suggestion of parting with it “met with the immediate protest of various members of my family.”
A print titled NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CHART /PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 1860, Print. A handsome, hand-colored Republican political chart for the 1860 Presidential Campaign, featuring shoulder-length portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin, the Republican Candidates for President and Vice President, and their biographies, at the center.
Strong color illustrations that have not lost their verve; toned throughout; scattered lt. staining; folds and wrinkles; horizontal fold tear leading to a hole with some minor loss to text; significant edgewear.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CHART /PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 1860. NY: J. W. Naughton, (1860). Hand colored; illustrations; 28.5″ x 37.25″ varnished paper laid on canvas.