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Lincoln Corrects a Telegrapher

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Abraham Lincoln signature on a note to a telegrapher.

The day before, September 6th, Lincoln telegraphed his wife “Mrs. A. Lincoln. ”  Mary  was visiting Manchester, Vermont. Lincoln’s telegraph states “All well, and no news, except that Gen. Burnside has Knoxville, Tennessee.”

This first telegram (owned by the Illinois State Historical Society) was addressed correctly; to Vermont. Apparently, the telegrapher made error and sent it to Manchester, New Hampshire.  Understandable, since Mary had been in in Manchester, New Hampshire the previous week! Lincoln corrected the telegrapher with this note, written on September 7.

Robert Lincoln would build his home “Hildene” in Manchester, VT, later in 1905. This was probably Robert’s first trip to the area. He would have started at Harvard Law School that fall; leaving in January 1865 to join the Union Army.

Read about how this letter came to be associated with a Volk statue of Lincoln, 150 years later!

Lincoln, Abraham (16th President) Autograph Note, signed “A. Lincoln” as President. Washington, DC, Executive Mansion: 7 September 1863. Oblong octavo; 1p. In full: “Not Manchester N. H. but Manchester, Vermont.”