In review of the multiple facets of Abraham Lincoln’s rise to political prominence, the background stories are nothing short of astounding as one recounts the ultimate transformation of “A Nation Divided” and its history-shaping Chief Executive. This Lincoln handwritten and signed document is among the most coveted in U.S. Presidential circles and mystifying by its circumstances. Framed to 14x17 with a color portrait accenting the display, the centerpiece is a document measuring approximately 7-5/8 x 2-1/4”. On it, Lincoln has composed the following in black-ink: “Received of George B. Kinkead by N.(inien) W. Edwards two hundred and eighty four dollars 43/100 from the estate of R.S. Todd subject to be released, or so much thereof as may hereafter be legally required. Aug. 18th 1852 (signed) A. Lincoln. While a series of vertical folds and age-induced toning are inherent to a document of this vintage, the signature rings true at (“8-9”) potency and is unaffected by the aforementioned flaws. The content pertains to the will of Lincoln’s father-in-law, Robert S. Todd. Todd, a wealthy Kentucky slave holder had died in 1849 and his will was being challenged by his son, George. Just before leaving the Whig Party and helping form the Republican Party, Lincoln was a prominent attorney at this time. It is not documented whether or not the Todd Kentucky house was involved in these legal proceedings. But that structure’s interesting history includes statuses as a tavern (early-1800s), residence for the Todd family and, by 1879, a brothel. Full photo LOA from JSA, as well as a COA from RRAuction.
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