Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Lincoln Relics Could Go At Auction-- Part 3: State-Owned Copy of Gettysburg Address Written By Lincoln
One item that absolutely won't be sold is the rare copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln's own hand. This long-held showcase document wasn't part of the Taper collection.
Illinois has a collection of tens of thousands of artifacts that draws researchers from around the world to research.
However, the Foundation does have some time to raise the money. The loan doesn't come up for renewal until October 2019. The lender, who was not disclosed has been helpful in terms in the past.
Of course, Illinois is saddled with a long-running dispute between Governor Bruce Rauner and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan which has hurt state finances. Luckily, in the past, these two have negotiated on issues surrounding the Lincoln complex
If worse comes to worse, I'd say sell the non-Lincoln items.
Here's Hoping Something Good Comes of This. --Old Secesh