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[Scrapbook] [1865-1885] of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, portraits, reactions to the assassination / [John R. Bartlett].

Title: [Scrapbook] [1865-1885] of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, portraits, reactions to the assassination / [John R. Bartlett].
Personal Author: Bartlett, John Russell, 1805-1886.
Date: [1865-1885].
Extent: [133] leaves.
Accompanying Material: The scrapbook is accompanied by a letter from the curator of Brown University's library regarding the rarity of the materials in the scrapbook.
General Note: Bartlett's name appears inside the scrapbook (002 recto), so it is likely that he compiled the materials. Bartlett's other Civil War scrapbooks are located at Brown University and the Providence Public Library.
Abstract: Scrapbook contains Bancroft's address on the life and character of Lincoln (004-051), printed accounts of public mourning cards on the death of Lincoln (127r-128v), reactions from Congress and other leaders to his assassination (054, 111v, 122r-123v), images of Civil War battles including Gettysburg (039-041, 100), portraits of Lincoln at various stages in his career (069-078, 118r, 131r, 131v, 132r, 080), advertisements for books on Lincoln (111r, 112, 115v, 121r), newspaper accounts of his life and death (078, 107r, 109r, 124v, 129v) including a memorial poem appearing in Britain's Punch magazine (120 r, 125 v) hailing Lincoln: "This rail-splitter a true-born king of men." The collection also contains letters from Lincoln's cabinet members (082) as well as correspondence between Bartlett and Mrs. Mary Lincoln regarding material he was gathering for a tribute book on Lincoln (094-097). The scrapbook includes copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and Thanksgiving statement (102, 125), as well as tributes to Lincoln's memory (116r, 116v, 119v, 128r, 130r), a program for the Inaugural Ball (081), a depiction of the conspirators involved in the assassination (084), a broadside comparing the clemency policies of Lincoln and his successor Andrew Johnson (067), the text of a letter from Lincoln to McClellan in 1862 (104v), an advertisement for a production of "The Martyr President" which promises "a glowing and faithful portraiture" of Lincoln's life (121r), and a playbill from Ford's Theater on the night of the assassination (108r). The self-educated son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln served as a Captain in the Black Hawk War, worked as a lawyer, and served as a Representative from Illinois (1847-1849); the national reputation he won in debates with Stephen Douglas for the Senate seat in 1858 (which Douglas won) led to his election as the 16th President of the United States in 1860. He led the Union through the Civil War, giving the Gettysburg Address and signing the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) freeing the slaves; he was reelected in 1864 and assassinated in 1865 at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth.
Personal Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Bartlett, John R. (John Russell), 1805-1886..
Subject: Presidents--United States.
 

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