Abraham Lincoln Family Heirlooms from Last Male Descendent Cowan’s announces the June 11, 2010 auction of an extraordinary group of Abraham Lincoln family artifacts from his descendents. Mary Todd Lincoln’s Insanity Case Archive will also be offered.
a year after her arrest, Mary was determined to be competent to control her finances, and Robert was removed as conservator. She died in 1882 without ever healing the rift with her son.
The importance of this small clutch of papers is hard to understate. In the wake of the embarrassing incident, Robert ordered all correspondence and records related to this period in his mother’s life destroyed. For the official legal documents to have survived is remarkable.
Emerson commented, “At a time when Lincoln scholars believed that all materials related to this episode had been found, the appearance of these items is certainly a revelation.”
The full catalogue, complete with descriptions and photographs, is available online at www.cowans.com.
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