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    Sale 2486 | Lot 2
    Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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      Sale 2486 Lot 2

      (AUTOGRAPHS.) Commission for a militia officer signed by Lincoln shortly before the war. Partly-printed Document Signed, a commission made out to Albert Ray as a first lieutenant in the militia of the District of Columbia. One page, 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches, signed by Lincoln as President and Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, with embossed war office seal; mat toning, minor foxing, short separations at folds, light offsetting from tape repairs coming through from verso. Washington, 27 March 1861

      Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

      This commission was issued during Lincoln's short window as peace-time president, 23 days after his inauguration and 16 days before Fort Sumter. Provenance: Charles Hamilton auction, 11 December 1969, where it was described in the catalogue as "the first [earliest] military commission we have seen . . . bearing an enormous signature of Lincoln, 3 1/2" long."

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