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Abraham Lincoln, Partly Printed Document, Signed

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Abraham Lincoln signed this partly-printed document, an “Affix the Seal” order.

This document is an authorization for the Secretary of State to affix the seal of the United States to “a Power authorizing Norman B. Judd, Envoy Extr’y. & Min’r. Plenipo’y at Berlin, to exchange the ratifications of the Treaty with Hanover for the abolition of the Stade Dues.” A contemporary pencil endorsement on the verso states, “21 March 1862 / Full Power, /Berlin.”

Judd had been a close political associate of Lincoln, being one of the prime movers at the Wigwam in getting Lincoln nominated in 1860. He was personally asked by Lincoln to accompany him on the inaugural train and was used by Lincoln in manners such as this.

Faint age toning and handling marks; old horiz. fold passes through but in no way impairs Lincoln’s signature; three folder holes at right margin.

Lincoln, Abraham. Partly Printed Document, signed “Abraham Lincoln” as President. Washington: 21 March 1862, 4to.; 1p., on light blue paper. 

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