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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Abraham Lincoln. The first widely disseminated printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. 3 pages, 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches, on one folded sheet; some loss in margin at stitch holes, minor wear. Washington, 24 [29?] September 1862
The fourth preliminary edition of the Emancipation Proclamation, months before it was officially declared. The original manuscript draft was written by the President on 21 September 1862. It was signed by Lincoln and Seward on the 22nd and a first printed version sent to important government figures. This edition is headed General Orders No. 139, and was issued to regimental commanders in the military. It is signed in type by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. The order to publish was given on 24 September, but Eberstadt (Emancipation Proclamation 4) surmises that it was actually printed a few days later. Provenance: from the noted collection of William J. Kaland (1915-1983) and accompanied by his inventory envelope.
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