The narrow sheet of paper with President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet’s signatures offered for sale last week sold yesterday for the asking price of $35,000. The Raab Collection of Philadelphia said it was sold to a “serious, private Americana collector from the Midwest” who did not want to be identified.
Lincoln and his seven cabinet members signed several of these documents specifically for use at fundraisers run by Sanitary Fairs for the benefit of injured soldiers. The one just sold had been purchased at a Cleveland fair by Elisha N. Sill in 1864 and he had it bound into a two-volume history written by abolitionist and newspaper publisher Horace Greeley. Its existence wasn’t known until recently.