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To: Libloather
New York State has Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It had originally been donated by Lincoln to help raise money for the Soldiers. A lottery was held and Gerritt Smith of Peterboro, New York, a noted Abolitionist, won the document for the sum of $1.00. He turned it over to the Sanitary Commission so they could sell it to raise more money. It was eventually purchased by the State Legislature for the New York State Library. Here's the link to the website:

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By the way, Peterboro is approximately a half-hour or less away from me. Smith was an early supporter of John Brown and provided monetary funds to his cause. After Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, fearing that he would be picked up as an accomplice of Brown's, Smith signed himself into the Utica Lunatic Asylum for a few months until the hoopla quieted down.

3 posted on 02/18/2005 4:28:42 PM PST by mass55th ("If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?"----Abe Lincoln (1809-1865))
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To: mass55th

Interesting facts! Thanks for the memory load.


7 posted on 02/18/2005 4:59:27 PM PST by utahguy (Ya gotta kill it before you grill it: Ted Nugent)
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