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Mary Lincoln, Signature on Partial Document, framed with Stereoview Photograph

Autograph Signature from Mrs. Lincoln’s Chicago Years


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Mary Lincoln signature on a partial document; framed with the left half of a stereoview photograph of Mrs. Lincoln in mourning clothing.

Two of the gentlemen who are included on this partial document were minor associates of Robert Lincoln.

Mary’s Chicago years were fraught with difficulty. Returning from Europe in May of 1871, she lost her son Tad in July, just a few months before the Chicago Fire. She was staying at Robert Lincoln’s house when the flames started. The burnt district was only a few blocks from the house.

By May of 1875, Robert would have her tried for insanity. Committing a woman in the eara was a relatively easy process. Mary received no warning of the hearing, so had little chance to mount a defense. Her attorney was arranged for by Robert and was colleague of his. The trial was swift; deliberations took 10 minutes.

She was be committed to Bellevue Place, an asylum west of Chicago. By September,  thanks to a great deal of effort on the part of Myra Bradwell, she was released.  By October, the court ruled her sane. She lived for the rest of her life with her sister, Elizabeth Edwards, in Springfield.

A nice pairing from Mary Lincoln’s Chicago period. Mary’s signature has always been more difficult to find than her husband, and hence quite desirable.

Very good, minor edge wear to photo.

Lincoln, Mary Clipped Signature “Mary Lincoln” on a partial document of the City of Chicago. 8” x approx. 3”, cut on a bias at the bottom; bearing a small, red notary seal. Matted with the left half of a Stereoview photograph of Mary in a mourning dress (image by Brady & Anthony), on a card marked “American & Foreign”; approx. 3-3/8” x 3-1/8”.