Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company check, 7.75 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lincoln as president-elect, “A. Lincoln,” payable to “Self” for $50, November 21, 1860. In fine condition, with a few light creases and expected cancellation cuts (two of which trivially affect the signature, one passing through the very bottom of the “A” and one between the “i” and “n”; the thin slits are such that they do not affect the general appearance of the signature).
Lincoln had been elected to his first term as president just two weeks earlier, on November 6, 1860, and he spent most of this period meeting well-wishers and office seekers, lending support to Republican elections at the state level, and assembling his famous cabinet known as the ‘Team of Rivals.’ On this particular date of November 21, he and Mary Todd boarded a northbound train for Chicago. During the trip he made briefs stops to speak to enthusiastic crowds at Lincoln, Bloomington, and Lexington, but generally avoided politics and simply offered his thanks for support and expressed his hope for the future of the nation. Upon arriving in Chicago, Lincoln traveled to the Tremont House where he was introduced to his vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, a meeting described by the Chicago Journal as ‘cordial in the highest degree.’ Although the Republican National Convention had settled upon the ticket of Lincoln and Hamlin in May, it was not until after the election that they actually met—an oddity unthinkable in today’s day and age. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.