A 10 Out of 10 Lincoln Signature on a Document Related to Prince Albert’s Royal German Family

Signed by Abraham Lincoln

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LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth president of the United States. DS. (“Abraham Lincoln”). 1p. Folio. Washington, D.C., September 30, 1864. A partially-printed document recognizing FRIEDRICH KUHNE (1824-1890) as the Consul for the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in New York. Countersigned by Secretary of State WILLIAM SEWARD (1801-1872, “William H. Seward”).

Abraham Lincoln

One of the most important and revered figures in American history, Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to become a lawyer, legislator and, finally, president of the United States. Just five weeks into his first term, the nation was engulfed in a civil war after the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. The new president raised an army by calling upon each Union state to form militias of volunteers, and then, in 1863, introducing the controversial military draft. Though not the first American president to die in office, Lincoln was the first to be assassinated. The fact that his murder came at the end of the horrors of the Civil War, left a nation bereft.

Seward was a governor of New York, U.S. Senator and an anti-slavery leader before Lincoln appointed him secretary of state. Best known for dissuading foreign countries from officially recognizing the Confederacy and negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, Seward served until 1869, despite an attempt on his life at the time of Lincoln’s assassination.

Our document formally recognizes Kuhne, a German-born, naturalized American citizen, businessman and banker (founder of the bank Knauth, Nachod & Kuhne of Leipzig and New York) as a consul for the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a small German state best known as the seat of power for the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, members of which became monarchs of Belgium (beginning with Leopold I), Mexico (Carlota, Empress of Mexico), Portugal (Ferdinand II), Bulgaria (Ferdinand I), and the United Kingdom (Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort), the latter changing its name to the House of Windsor during the First World War to obscure its German origin. There is a tiny note in red ink at the lower left corner referring to Kuhne’s original “Exequaturs” from July 18, 1859. As it happens, Kuhne also served as New York consul for the Duchy of Nassau, the Electorate of Hesse and all the other German principalities except for Prussia. An ardent Republican, he was a close advisor of Treasury Secretary Chase, a presidential elector and was often put forward as a possible New York City mayoral candidate. His exequaturs were formally revoked by President Johnson on December 19, 1866, upon the dissolution of these states due to the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and their incorporation into the Kingdom of Prussia.

Folded with the original paper seal intact and in fine condition. A small vertical fold tear in the top margin does not affect the text. In very fine condition with a superb, bold, clear and dark signature!

A 10 Out of 10 Lincoln Signature on a Document Related to Prince Albert’s Royal German Family

Signed by Abraham Lincoln


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