Title: Lincoln and the Convention of 1860: An ...
Publisher: Chicago Historical Society, [Chicago]
Publication Date: 1918
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Small 4to. Stiff brown wrappers. 29pp. Frontispiece. Very good. Bit of slight edgewear and couple of small edge chips. Tight, decent first edition of this address by the Emporia, Kansas businessman (born 1838) who at age 21 was the youngest delegate to this convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. According to a biographical note concluding this essay, "From 1861 to 1864 Mr. Procter was on a special mission to the Indian Territory, a work demanding courage and discretion of a high order, and which was especially appreciated by Secretary John P. Usher of Lincoln's cabinet." (He later also attended the Republican conventions in 1912 and 1916.) Accompanied by an Autograph Note Signed from Procter, 1p, 8" X 10", St. Joseph, Michigan, n.y. [1922 postal cancellation] August 21. Addressed to "My Dear Mr. Hambrecht" ( George P. Hambrecht, 1871-1943, noted Lincoln collector and founder of the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin). Near fine. Original folds evident (none weakened), else remarkably clean and pristine. On lined notebook paper, the elderly Procter carefully and laboriously pens a cordial note in vibrant blue fountain pen: "I have your letter of Aug 12th and note carefully all you say. I wait cheerfully for that paper, 'till you return. I hope you may have a very pleasant trip, and return a better American than ever, if that is possible." Boldly signed. With original envelope, addressed in Procter's hand. At Procter's death in 1925, he was apparently the last surviving delegate of the 1860 convention. MONAGHAN 2387. OAKLEAF 1130. Bookseller Inventory # 31545
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