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Abraham Lincoln collection

Creator: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Date: 1859-1863

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Misc.: Lincoln (Copies of letters and a certificate signed by Abraham Lincoln)

Unit ID: 42615

Abstract: This collection contains a letter written by Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Ill., to Levant L. Jones, Lawrence, Kan. In the letter, dated 1859 Dec. 9, Lincoln declines an invitation to meet with Jones, a Lawrence attorney, after a speech he delivered in Leavenworth, Kan. During the first week in December 1859, Lincoln came to Kansas where he spoke at Elwood, Troy, Doniphan, Atchison, and Leavenworth. His remarks dealt with the Republican party's efforts to prevent the extension of slavery. In Atchison, Lincoln commented that John Brown was guilty of treason and had paid the proper penalty for his actions at Harper's Ferry, Va. (present W. Va.) Also, he spoke about the theory of popular sovereignty and about the evils of states seceding from the Union. At the time, he was considering his chances as a presidential candidate in 1860 and his Kansas speeches were a precursor for the campaign. Although Kansas liked Lincoln the delegation from the Territory to the 1860 Republican convention did not support his nomination (cf. UID 440407). Also, the collection contains a certificate granting Robert B. Nay a full and unconditional pardon from prison at New Orleans in the Eastern District of Louisiana. It is signed by Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, and William H. Seward, secretary of state. Nay was convicted of defrauding the government of the United States and was sentenced to confinement and labor for a period of twenty years. Generals Benjamin M. Prentiss and Benjamin F. Butler spoke on his behalf stating that Nay's offenses were not the result of deliberate purposes of fraud but rather of impulse and the force of surrounding circumstances, which resulted in his pardon (UID 210078). Accompanying the certificate is a letter from General Butler to David Nay, 1863 Jan. 21, that states he was assured by President Abraham Lincoln of a favorable answer to his application. There is a copy of a letter from Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Ill., 1859 May 16, G. W. Greenwood declining an invitation to attend a commencement at Lombard University (Galesburg, Ill.) Two letters from Abraham Lincoln to Whitney, 1856 July 9, and 1858 Aug. 2. An article titled The will of a Kansas school teacher is probated by Jerome Harman and tells a story of Katherine McIntosh Burke, who was born in Leavenworth. She left money in her will for a statue to be erected at Ewa School in the District of Ewa, Island of Oahu, Hawaii. The statue was sculpted by Dr. Avard Fairbanks. A signed affidavit from Joshua Mitchell concerning an encounter with Abraham Lincoln and William E. Seward in May, 1858 at Log Chain in Nemaha County, Kan. Copy of a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to General John Schofield, 1863 Oct. 1, instructing Schofield to deal with the military establishment in Missouri, freedom of expression, removal of mischievous citizens, the local militia, elections and guerrilla activities in that state. One letter from Hiram M. Chittenden to the secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society inquiring about Abraham Lincoln's visit to Kansas in 1859.

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Title (Main title): Abraham Lincoln collection

Titles (Other):

  • Misc. Coll. Lincoln, Abraham
  • Collection [Portion of title]
  • Abraham Lincoln letters

Scope and Content

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


Locator Contents
000-00-00-00  Letter written by Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois to Levant L. Jones, Lawrence, Kansas, dated December 09, 1859 
008-09-01-03  Copies of letters and a certificate signed by Abraham Lincoln, Misc. Coll. Lincoln, Abraham 
909-27-00-00  Copy of a 1859 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln and a copy of the 1863 pardon certificate issued to Robert B. Nay and signed by Abraham Lincoln 
991-23-00-00  Original pardon certificate signed by President Abrahm Lincoln 

Index Terms


    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

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