PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S RECOMMENDATION
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth President of the United States. Lengthy Autograph Message Signed, “A. Lincoln”, as President. [To Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. (Basler, vol viii, pg 76)]. Written on both sides of a card measuring approximately 2×3 1/4 inches. [Washington], October 25, 1864. Closely trimmed at bottom margin, affecting the bottom edges of the date, else fine condition. Lincoln writes: “The bearer, Mr. Alderson, says he has good recommendations, among others, from Senator Henderson, on file at the War Department. If so, I shall be glad for him to get some suitable situation. A. Lincoln. Oct. 25, 1864.” Over 35 words, all in Lincoln’s hand. Alderson has not been identified, but from the overall condition and size of the card, it is evident that the message Lincoln penned for him was carried by him in his wallet or bill fold and used for the purpose so stated by Lincoln.