16th President. Hand-addressed and free-franked envelope, 5.5×3, addressed by Lincoln to “Hon. C. Sumner” and franked in the upper right “A. Lincoln”.
The envelope does not bear any postal markings and remains a clean, attractive example of Lincoln in a rare format.
In very good condition, small ink run to a couple letters in signature and address, small tear at left corner with very little impact.
Sumner was an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, at first clashing with Lincoln over the president’s less radical policies. Despite Sumner’s criticisms and Lincoln’s hesitation to follow his advice, the two had great mutual respect for each other and were ultimately working toward the same moral goals in the preservation of the Union and emancipation of slavery.