Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 151

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) MASTERS, EDGAR LEE. Autograph Manuscript Signed, fair copy of his poem "Anne Rutledge," beginning "Out of me unworthy and unknown / The vibrations of deathless music." Complete in 12 lines. 1 page, 4to; William Marion Reedy owner's label pasted to recto at lower right. Np, nd

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Ann Rutledge (1813-1825) and Abraham Lincoln lived in New Salem, IL, in 1831. Lincoln expressed his intention to marry Rutledge after she seemed to have been abandoned by her fiancé, but she was struck dead by a sudden illness in 1835. Lincoln's law partner and biographer, William H. Herndon, did much to dramatize the relationship between the enigmatic president and the young woman, claiming that Lincoln never recovered from the grief caused by Rutledge's death.