Washington, John E. THEY KNEW LINCOLN, 1st ed.
Lincoln, as Known by his African American Associates
Washington, John E. THEY KNEW LINCOLN. New York: 1942. 1st edition, 244p., frontispiece, illustrations, illustrated end pages, facsimiles.
A very uncommon and important source of Lincolniana, capturing impressions of Lincoln by African Americans who personally knew and interacted with him, both in Illinois and Washington, compiled by a black dentist (who grew up in the shadow of Ford’s Theatre) through personal interviews with them or their children.
Includes much on Elizabeth Keckley, and the first full transcript of Lincoln’s famous 1855 letter to George Robertson on slavery. With an Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Very good; lightly edgeworn, but bright, in dust jacket.