I am looking for a tin type of Abraham Lincoln and an original letter of correspondance between Robert Todd Lincoln (A. Lincoln's son) and Mrs. George H. Paddock....see below...any information would be greatly appreciated
Good evening Mr. Brian Knight,
> I understand that you are the curator of Robert Lincoln's estate, Hildene.
> I contacted an individual at Hildene about 1 1/2 years ago concerning
> a tin type that may be in your museum's archive. This tin type would
> be a picture of Abraham Lincoln that was made on July 4th 1856 in
> Princeton Illinois by G. W. Masters for Dr. S.A. Paddock who was the
> father of Col. George H. Paddock. Abraham Lincoln visited Princeton
> Illinois on July 4th 1856 to deliver a Fourth of July address and
> stayed at the home of Mrs. George H Paddock in Princeton. After the
> address Abraham Lincoln went into town to the photography studio of
> G.W. Masters where a tin type photo was made of Lincoln. Masters gave
> this tin type to Mrs. Paddock.
> This tin type was later given to Robert Lincoln who sent a written
> correspondence to Mrs. Paddock thanking her for the picture. The
> interest in locating the original tin type or any original letters of
> correspondence is to prove definitively that A.Lincoln actually sat
> for the photo. Historians have argued for years that the Masters
> photo is the most famous forgery photo of A.Lincoln ever made.
> Reputably, it was made from a retouched reversed plate image of the A.
> Lincoln photo taken by Alexander Hestler on Feb 28,1857.
> My direct interest in this matter is that I am a former resident of
> Princeton Illinois, and have researched this topic for the past 2
> years. My research has turned up many copies of newspaper articles
> and a book that documents the visit to Princeton by A.Lincoln. In a
> sworn statement by Princeton resident Harlow E. Piper Sr., he outlines
> the history of four glass plates that were made from the original tin
> type and I have located the owner of reputably the last remaining
> glass plate from this tin type.
> This glass plate has been shown to Kim Bauer at the A. Lincoln
> Illinois State Historical Library who expressed interest in proving
> the authenticity of the glass plate as well. I also have newspaper
> copies of sworn affidavit Aug 3, 1929 published on Aug 8, 1929 in the
> Bureau County Republican (Princeton's hometown newspaper) of a
> prominent former Princeton resident, S.P.Clark, who witnessed A.
> Lincoln having his photo made at the Master's studio. Mr. Clark was
> 92 years old when he made the affidavit.
> It would be of great historical significance if either the original
> tin type could be located in Robert Lincoln's estate or if original
> correspondence between him and Mrs. Paddock could be located. It
> would once and for all dispel the historical inaccuracy that the
> Master's print is a forgery. As a former resident of Princeton ,
> Illinois it would also bring great civic pride in further
> substantiating the history of the visit to my hometown by the great A.
> Lincoln. It may also prove to be either the 2nd or 3rd earliest
> documented photo ever discovered of A.Lincoln.
> Best Regards
> Brian Brutcher
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