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Lincoln "scholars?"Several years ago I came across a small envelope signed A.Lincoln ,...

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Posted February 15, 2009 at 10:23 PM via web

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Lincoln "scholars?"

Several years ago I came across a small envelope signed A.Lincoln , 4/14/1865. As you must think this can not be real. I am no expert but the more I investigated I thought that I had a real nice copy of  Lincolns handwriting. I contacted a group of folks at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield Illinois who were to be at a college (Oberlin) scanning some Lincoln documents for their project. They came to my home and they both agreed what I have is authentic. One of the researchers is Mr. John Lupton who is the asscociate director of this project. Now talk about exciting, this could have histoians re think Mr. Lincolns last day on earth. But all is not good. I have told this to many historians but with no interest, and no return reasons. I understand that it might not be real but would it hurt them to look at it? It was obtained at a flea market which casts doubts, but you could not buy this at K Mart. It has no history with it, but the other items I purchased that day are true collectables. I am very dissapointed with some of the people I have contacted about this for I believe they are not true historians. I am not trying to scam no one. What would a minute of some historians time to look at this cost them? Thanks for your time

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jangeter | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2009 at 10:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Dear Steinman1,


I believe you are asking if there are any true historians left. Yes, there are many true historians left. You sound like one yourself. I have a question for you. What are you hoping to accomplish? If you want to donate your finding to a museum for all to see and appreciate, then give the envelope to Mr. John Lupton. He has already validated the document. Perhaps you could have it displayed with his project along with your name listed as the person who discovered it and made the donation.

You may also try to contact Jill Blessman, the Acquisitions Librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Treasures Gallery, 217-785-7943.

If it is money you seek, then maybe try going to The Antiques Roadshow. I have provided a link to their schedule.

The experts on the show appear to be sincere and you may get the notoriety you seek and deserve.

I hope this helps,
Jan

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jangeter | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM (Answer #2)

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Dear Steinman1,


I believe you are asking if there are any true historians left. Yes, there are many true historians left. You sound like one yourself. I have a question for you. What are you hoping to accomplish? If you want to donate your finding to a museum for all to see and appreciate, then give the envelope to Mr. John Lupton. He has already validated the document. Perhaps you could have it displayed with his project along with your name listed as the person who discovered it and made the donation.

You may also try to contact Jill Blessman, the Acquisitions Librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Treasures Gallery, 217-785-7943.

If it is money you seek, then maybe try going to The Antiques Roadshow. You can view the schedule here:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/ontheroad.html

The experts on the show appear to be sincere and you may get the notoriety you seek and deserve.

I hope this helps,
Jan

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