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

April 14, 1865

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A Millard Fillmore Letter Written on the Day of President Lincoln's Assassination
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1060

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      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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      Buffalo April 14, 1865

      My Dear Sir,

      I have your favor of the 12th and in reply to your inquiry would state, that the monthly meetings of the Historical Society are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month, and you can consult your own convenience as to the time you will send in your Historical Sketch.

      I regret to hear of your ill health but hope that warm weather and a little travel may restore it.

      Truly yours

      MILLARD FILLMORE

      T. A [...] Cheney, Esq.