WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE LETTER
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What is the world's most expensive letter?
In 1991 a Beverly Hills company
purchased a letter written by Abraham Lincoln on January 08 1863 for $748,000.00
The letter was written to Major
General John Alexander McClernand defending the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here's the letter:
January 8, 1863
Washington, January 8. 1863.
Major General McClernand
My dear Sir Your interesting communication by the hand of Major Scates is
received. I never did ask more, nor ever was willing to accept less, than for
all the States, and the people thereof, to take and hold their places, and their
rights, in the Union, under the Constitution of the United States. For this
alone have I felt authorized to struggle; and I seek neither more nor less now.
Still, to use a coarse, but an expressive figure, broken eggs can not be mended.
I have issued the emancipation proclamation, and I can not retract it.
After the commencement of hostilities I struggled nearly a year and a half to
get along without touching the "institution"; and when finally I conditionally
determined to touch it, I gave a hundred days fair notice of my purpose, to all
the States and people, within which time they could have turned it wholly aside,
by simply again becoming good citizens of the United States. They chose to
disregard it, and I made the peremptory proclamation on what appeared to me to
be a military necessity. And being made, it must stand. As to the States not
included in it, of course they can have their rights in the Union as of old.
Even the people of the states included, if they choose, need not to be hurt by
it. Let them adopt systems of apprenticeship for the colored people, conforming
substantially to the most approved plans of gradual emancipation; and, with the
aid they can have from the general government, they may be nearly as well off,
in this respect, as if the present trouble had not occurred, and much better off
than they can possibly be if the contest continues persistently.
As to any dread of my having a "purpose to enslave, or exterminate, the whites
of the South," I can scarcely believe that such dread exists. It is too absurd.
I believe you can be my personal witness that no man is less to be dreaded for
undue severity, in any case.
If the friends you mention really wish to have peace upon the old terms, they
should act at once. Every day makes the case more difficult. They can so act,
with entire safety, so far as I am concerned.
I think you would better not make this letter public; but you may rely
confidently on my standing by whatever I have said in it. Please write me if any
thing more comes to light. Yours very truly
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