November 28, 1952

President-Elect Eisenhower Thanks Mary Lincoln’s Niece for the Gift of a “Truly Historic Memento”

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 704
President-Elect Eisenhower thanks the grandniece of Mary Lincoln for a gift of a pen holder made from the original wood of the Lincoln Homestead: it is “truly an historic memento” he says, and one he is pleased to have.
 
The artifact was fashioned from wood taken from the Lincoln Homestead during repairs made to it in 1907. Mary Brown was the grand-daughter of Ninian Edwards and Mary Todd Lincoln’s sister, Elizabeth P. Todd.  For many years, she served as the custodian of the Lincoln Homestead – as did her mother before her, and her daughter after.
Typed Letter Signed, as President-Elect, 1 page, quarto, on his “Office of Dwight D. Eisenhower” letterhead, Hotel Commodore, New York City, New York. To Mary Edwards Brown in Springfield, Illinois.
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