Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The country of Switzerland is known secretive banking, cheese, neutrality, skiing, and majestic beauty as this image of the Swiss Alps shows. Now it can be known as the site of a recent discovery of a document which contains the handwriting of Abraham Lincoln.
NBC-affiliate station KSDK (St. Louis, MO) reported that researchers with The Papers Of Abraham Lincoln project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) were contacted by a gentleman from an Australian university. He remembered seeing a Lincoln document in Switzerland while doing research there, and thought the people at the ALPLM would like to know about it.
The researchers contacted the Bibliotheque de Geneve (Library of Geneva) who confirmed the authenticity of the document in question. It was written in May 1863 by famed minister and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin), as a letter of introduction for a female journalist. Nearly two years later, Lincoln added his own comment to the letter, stating that while he didn't know the person in question, if Beecher had vouched for her, he would as well.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project is actively searching the world for any documents which were written or signed by Lincoln. This new discovery, while not significantly important, shows that there are hopefully more Lincoln documents waiting to be found.
The entire article from KSDK, complete with the text of the letter, may be found here.
Posted by Geoff Elliott at 8:27 AM