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New Abe Lincoln letter found, dated 4 days before his death


Photo from the Library of Congress


A document signed by Abraham Lincoln just four days before his assassination, recently discovered in an antique desk, has come to light, offering new insight into his last days as president.

The Raab Collection is offering this document for sale at $45,000. It appoints Allen M. Gangewere, a staunch anti-slavery advocate, to a treasury position, underscoring Lincoln's commitment to the anti-slavery cause until the end of his life.

This find, coinciding with Lincoln's final public speech focused on reconstruction and national thanksgiving, highlights his efforts towards unity and equality in the pivotal final week before his death.


Nathan Raab

President, The Raab Collection

Daniel Worthington

Director of Papers, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum