America's Most Famous Letter
American Heritage, Feb/Mar 2006, v57, #1, pp41-49
In a cardboard box in a back office in a house the hills of Vermont, six letters about Abraham Lincoln's famous "letter to the Widow Bixby" lay unknown and undisturbed. For how long is uncertain, although this author's fingerprints made last March were the only ones visible in the thick chalky dust of years. The letters, received and written by Robert Todd Lincoln within a span of eight weeks in late 1925, point to a son's knowledge — and a friend's knowledge — about who really wrote the Bixby letter...Abraham Lincoln signed it. A lot of scholars say he didn't write it. Now, newly discovered evidence helps solve an enduring mystery. Jason Emerson, an independent historian in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is currently at work on a biography of Robert Lincoln.
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