For: [Scrapbook] [1865-1885] of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, portraits, reactions to the assassination / [John R. Bartlett].
Transcription of Mary Lincoln letter to Bartlett, 97 recto A & B
Chicago- Nov 27th- 65 Hon John R. Bartlett: Sir: Your letter, requesting the resolutions and letters of condolence you sent us, has been received. These tributes of respect and affection to the memory of my beloved husband, have come to us, from every quarter of the civilized World, and so far as the resolu- tions are concerned, they are at your service. As to take letters, very many of them, from the most distinguished persons of our own country and of Europe, I regret that it is impossible for me to comply, with that portion, of your request. To many persons, [verso] who have sent us these letters of condolence, it would be con- sidered offensive - otherwise I should like to oblige you. The papers we should send you, are so numerous, that it would be impossible to copy them ourselves. You will be pleased to write and advise, what is best to be done, with them. Awaiting your reply, I remain Very respectfully Mary Lincoln
John R. Bartlett was an antiquarian and bibliographer. He became a member of the Franklin Society in 1831, which was founded to study the natural sciences. In 1836 Bartlett moved to New York, and in 1850 he retired from business. He was appointed by President Taylor United States commissioner to run the boundary line between the United States and Mexico. While doing this he explored many different places and published many of his findings. He then was elected secretary of state in 1855. For the last 30 years of his life, Bartlett was closely associated with John Carter Brown and from 1865-1882 he published the John Carter Brown Catalogue that is still on of the most indispensable works for early American discovery and history.
"John Russell Bartlett." Dictionary of American Biography Base Set. American Council of Learned Societies, 1928-1936. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich: Thomson Gale. 2006. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC.
John R. Bartlett had written Mary Lincoln a letter on November 14th, 1865. In his letter, he requested the letters of condolence that she and her family had received after Lincoln's assassination. He desperately wanted to put together a tribute and he wanted to have accurate letters to do so.
Bartlett, John R. "Scrapbook [1865-1885] of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, portraits, reactions to the assassination." 96 recto A-C. http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/cdm4/remain_viewer.php?ptr=2614&DMTHUMB=1&CISOPTR=2531.
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