Lincoln, Four Days After Son Willie's Death, Tells Sumner Mary Lincoln Needs His Help - "Can You Come?"

February 24, 1862

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Lincoln, Four Days After Son Willie's Death, Tells Sumner Mary Lincoln Needs His Help - "Can You Come?"
Autograph Note Signed
1 page | SMC 1034

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      Four days after the death of his eleven year-old son Willie - and as his youngest son still lay seriously ill - a grieving Lincoln asks Mary Lincoln's close friend, Senator Charles Sumner, to call on his inconsolable wife. “Mrs. L needs your help,” Lincoln has penned on a small black-bordered card. “Can you come?" 


      Autograph Note Signed (“A. Lincoln”), as President, 1 page, sextodecimo, on a black-bordered card, no place, February 24, 1862. To Senator Charles Sumner.
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