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A letter from Abraham Lincoln written during the Civil War sold for $60,000 last week to an unnamed buyer in the Northwest.
The note from 1863 was recently purchased by The Raab Collection but Nathan Raab confirmed they exchanged the historic document for tens of thousands of dollars after an individual showed interest.
Communication - President - United - States - Mercy
In the handwritten communication, the 16th President of the United States showed mercy to former slave-owning couple on death's door who wished to return to the Arkansas land they'd been turfed off just before Christmas.
Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1962, declaring all slaves free as of January 1 the following year.
Craig - Family - Cousins - Wife - Mary
But the Craig family, who were cousins of his wife Mary Todd, turned to the leader for permission to go back to their plantation before their lives ended.
Lincoln met with then signed the paper a few days before the holiday saying he wished them to reoccupy the place without interference from Union forces.
Mrs - Craig - Arkansas - Plantation - Mississippi
'Mr. and Mrs. Craig, of Arkansas, whose plantation, situated upon the Mississippi River a few miles below Helena, has been desolated during the present war, propose returning to reoccupy and cultivate said plantation,' Lincoln penned.
'(And) it is my wish that they be permitted to do so, and that the United States military forces in that vicinity will not molest them or allow them to be molested, as long as the said Mr. and Mrs. Craig shall demean themselves as peaceful,...
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