Lot 69
  • 69

Abraham Lincoln, as sixteenth President

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1,500 - 1,800 USD
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Description

  • General Orders No. 139. The following Proclamation by the President is published for the information and government of the Army and all concerned. … Washington: War Department, Adjutant General's Office, 24 September 1862 [but probably printed several days later]
  • Paper, Ink
3 printed pages (7 5/8 x 5 in.; 193 x 127 mm) on a bifolium, signed in type by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas; disbound from a compilation with sewing holes, minor fraying at top margin.

Literature

Eberstadt, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation 4

Catalogue Note

ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTED EDITIONS OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, ISSUED TO REGIMENTAL COMMANDERS IN THE MILITARY.

"By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation … That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated area of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free. …"

The original manuscript draft of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was written by the President on 21 September 1862, and signed by Lincoln and Seward the following day.

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