by Abraham Lincoln: His 1858 Time Capsule

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What did Abraham Lincoln really think about slavery?

I suggest “by Abraham Lincoln: His 1858 Time Capsule”, answers this question and belongs in every Manuscript Society member’s library. It is a gorgeously reproduced deep dive into a long-forgotten Lincoln ‘scrapbook.’ 

Featured on page 275 of the Fall 2023 edition of Manuscripts, this book is an essential reference. It captures – in his hand-written words – the arc of Lincoln’s political thinking on 1858’s “Paramount issue.” 

The Time Capsule’s genesis?

During his U.S. Senate campaign, an Illinois ally – Capt. James N. Brown – urged an authoritative, unambiguous statement on “Negro equality.” In a news-clip-filled ‘scrapbook,’ Lincoln penned Brown an 8-page letter. Over the years this ephemera – the letter and ‘scrapbook’ – found its way to Pasadena’s Huntington Library.


Now it has been meticulously scanned and re-published; Lincoln’s script and news clips so crisp one can almost blot the ink. In addition to Lincoln's every hand-written word, the volume contains:

  • A historical perspective by distinguished Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer;
  • Contemporary notes from 1858 campaigner Brown; and
  • An extraordinary ‘behind the scenes’ peek into the ‘scrapbook’s rare 1901 ‘Facsimile’.
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by Abraham Lincoln: His 1858 Time Capsule FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING Copyright © 2022 by Ross E. Heller Publisher: CustomNEWS, Seaside Books PO Box 15009 Chevy Chase, Maryland 20825 All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form or medium. For information on obtaining reprint permission or arranging for bulk sales, please write to: CustomNEWS, Inc., Seaside Books, PO Box 15009, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20825 or email Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. Library of Congress Cataloging In-Publication-Data has been applied for. ISBN No.: 978-0-578-34029-6 Printed in the United States of America


  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-578-34029-6

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