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82 Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
Autograph letter to Charles King, 1 p.
Washington, D.C., June 26, 1861
At commencement exercises held at the Academy of Music on June 27, 1861, President Charles King announced that the University was conferring an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on President Lincoln. Preoccupied by the events of the Civil War, Lincoln could not travel to New York to receive the degree, so Professor Francis Lieber was sent to Washington to present the diploma. Lincoln wrote to President King to thank him for the honor; signed by Lincoln, the text of the letter is in the hand of John Hay, Lincoln's private secretary. The divisiveness of the War is doubtless foremost in the President's thoughts when he writes of preserving the country's institutions and of the honor's manifestations of "confidence and good will."
Gift of the Haldane family in memory of A.R.B. Haldane

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