Dealer Selling Letter Lincoln Wrote To Boy

A letter written by Abraham Lincoln is up for sale. An eight-year-old boy claimed to have met Lincoln, but his friends didn't believe him. So the boys' teacher wrote the president. In one of only two known letters he sent to a child, Lincoln confirmed: "I did see and talk with master George Evans Patten, last May, at Springfield, Illinois. Respectfully, A Lincoln."

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A letter written by Abraham Lincoln is up for sale - a note that saved a boy from ridicule. The eight-year-old claimed he'd shaken the hand of Lincoln, but his young friends just scoffed at him. To put an end to the tall tale, his teacher wrote the White House. In only one of two letters Lincoln is known to have written to a child, he confirmed: I did see and talk with Master George Evans Patten last May at Springfield, Illinois. Respectfully, A. Lincoln.

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