April 14, 1865

A Millard Fillmore Letter Written on the Day of President Lincoln’s Assassination

Autograph Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 1060
On the day that Lincoln would be assassinated, Fillmore writes about the sending of an historical sketch to the Buffalo Historical Society: the very place, a few weeks later, that he would stand to speak, at length, about Lincoln’s assassination which, he said, sent a thrill of horror through every heart. But writing this letter, it would seem that such an occasion was unimaginable - for Lincoln’s murder, as Fillmore remarked on May 9th, came at a moment when the war was almost over, party hostility was subsiding, and his life was doubly dear to his countrymen.
Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, octavo, Buffalo, April 14, 1865. To T.A. Cheney.
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