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  1. Bartlett, John Russell, 1805-1886.
    [Scrapbook] [1865-1885] of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, portraits, reactions to the assassination / [John R. Bartlett].
    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.
  2. Bindley, James, 1737-1818.
    [Letter] [to] Thomas Hill, Esqr., Henrietta Street, Covent Garden (London) / James Bindley.
    Bindley writes to Hill to clarify the matter of borrowing tracts relative to the University of Cambridge; Bindley cannot recall whether Hill had said he would send the items, or if he might have been waiting for Bindley's formal request. If possible, Bindley asks that the tracts be sent back with the bearer. He apologizes for not calling earlier, as he was at Sir William Musgrave's portrait sale.
  3. Buckland, Frank, 1826-1880.
    [Letter] 1876 May 8 / Frank Buckland.
    Buckland declares that he is "exceedingly obliged" for the photos of John Hunter's coffin plate, although "what a pity it was we did not open the coffin & get you to take a photo of the great John himself." An eccentric naturalist, Buckland had been searching for the grave of the surgeon and anatomist, Hunter, and it was cleared at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields; Buckland had the remains transferred to Westminster Abbey for reinterment. Buckland states that he would like to show him the museum at South Kensington one day (Buckland was a scientific referee there from 1865, helping to build the collection on fisheries).
  4. Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
    [Letter] 1851 February 21, Hall, Cooperstown [to] My Dear Child [Sayd] / [James Fenimore Cooper].
    Cooper states that he has been ill with a congestion of the viscera, not unusual for his time of life. He professes himself touched to have gotten the recipient's letter. Cooper mentions his favorite dish which "my wife says it is enough to kill me, but to me seems to bring me to life." Cooper also passes along a message to cousin Nina from Dick Cooper at Annapolis regarding the illness of Jack Hamilton. He mentions that he will be in Buffalo soon, and discusses the preoccupations of his daughters tending to "poor women" one another. In the last portion of the letter, Cooper discusses being "assailed" to site for pictures which he characterizes as a "great annoyance." He compares his "bad" books to those of other men who do not endure such "persecution" as he does. This letter is addressed to Cooper's niece Sadie [referred to as "dear Sayd" in the body of the letter] to whom he wrote many letters (several of which are represented in the collection). Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826). In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.
  5. Cooper, Thomas Sidney, 1803-1902.
    [Letter] [18]53 May 4, Vernon Holme, Canterbury, [to] D. Henry / Thomas Sidney Cooper.
    Cooper thanks Henry for his very flattering approval of the picture, and feels certain that the work in question will improve every year. In closing, he mentions a dispute with his bankers over a sum they state had not been paid to them. A Victorian artist residing in Vernon Holme (the home he built near Canterbury, named for his early patron), Cooper is known for his paintings of animal life. In his early career he painted scenery for theatrical productions, signboards, portraits, and coaches. After a stay in Belgium, he returned to England to produce pastoral paintings and topographical views of London.
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