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Abraham Lincoln’s Merciful Christmas Letter To His Confederate Cousins Sold At Auction

 (CNN) — It was days before Christmas 1863, and Abraham Lincoln wanted to offer an example of goodwill to the fractured nation in the midst of the Civil War. The Craig family, cousins to Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd, were a slave-holding family in Arkansas who had fled their plantation as Union forces took over much of the state. But the Craigs were nearing the end of their lives and wished to return to their home for Christmas. Despite the ongoing war — or perhaps because of it — Lincoln agreed. After meeting with the family, he wrote and signed a letter that they could use to safely move past Union forces and reoccupy their Arkansas plantation. “Mr. and Mrs. Craig, of Arkansas, whose plantation, situated upon the Mississippi River a few miles below Helena, has been desolated during the present war, propose returning to reoccupy and cultivate said plantation,” Lincoln wrote in the letter. “(And) it is my wish that they be permitted to do so, and that the United States military forces in that vicinity will not molest them or allow them to be molested, as long as the said Mr. and Mrs. Craig shall demean themselves as peaceful, loyal citizens of the United States.” Lincoln’s original letter, long held by descendants of the Todd family, was recently given to The Raab Collection and put up for auction as a unique example of Lincoln’s broader attempts to reunify the country. Nathan Raab, the president of the Raab Collection, said that the letter was more than just a gesture of kindness to his family. It showed Lincoln’s message of healing the nation — “malice toward none,” as he famously said in his second inaugural address — but within his own family. “It’s uncommon to find something where a figure of such great prominence and historical importance is connecting so personally on such a national level,” Raab said. “You get a rare behind-the-scenes look and insight into how the war affected Lincoln himself.” The question of how to deal with Confederacy supporters was particularly personal for Lincoln because Mary Todd Lincoln came from a wealthy slave-holding family. The letter also has a message about unity in a divided country that still resonates today, Raab said. One purchaser clearly agreed. The Lincoln letter sold for $60,000 to an unnamed buyer from the Northwest US last week, Raab said. As part of the agreement, the Craig family returned to farming on the plantation but without any slaves. Charley Craig, the husband, died shortly after returning, and Susan Craig died two years later, Raab said. Still, their history will continue to live on more than 150 years later as a symbol of Lincoln’s approach to the Confederacy. “(He) issues this remarkable order in what can only be described as a kind gesture toward his family, but which is symbolic of some of the broader things that he was doing in the nation to try and heal a country, which was being torn apart at the seams,” Raab said. © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Relative Of Escaped Alcatraz Inmates Talks About Alleged Letter

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A relative of two of the bank robbers who famously escaped from Alcatraz over five decades ago spoke out Thursday night about a letter that recently surfaced. The official story has always been that the inmates didn’t make it after they jumped into San Francisco Bay, but the letter that was sent to San Francisco police five years ago purports that they did. ALSO READ: Letter Allegedly Written By 1962 Alcatraz Island Escapee Surfaces It is one of the most legendary prison breaks in American history. For the last 55 years, theories about the fate of three men who broke out of their jail cells on Alcatraz have multiplied as new evidence surfaces. A letter exclusively obtained by KPIX 5 this week claims that all three escapees — brothers John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris — survived the 1962 escape and lived well into old age. The letter has never been made public. John Anglin’s nephew David Widner, who lives outside Atlanta, weighed in on the appearance of the letter Thursday. “When I first found out about it, I was pretty excited about it,” said Widner. “I was thinking, ‘Wow it’s finally happening.'” The letter was sent to the San Francisco Police Department’s Richmond station in 2013 and postmarked in Southern California. “My name is John Anglin. I escape from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris,” the letter read. “I am 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes, we all made it that night, but barely!” ALSO READ: 55 Years Later, Escape From Alcatraz Result Still A Mystery Widner said that family has always believed the men made it to shore after their daring escape. “We believe that they did make it off the island,” said Widner. “My grandmother did receive items in the mail, and of course the roses and the Christmas cards that come to her.” He said John and Clarence’s signatures were on those items sent years after the escape. When asked what his first impressions of the letter purportedly written by his uncle were, Widner said, “If he was reaching out and was sick and had cancer and was dying, we feel like the FBI or the US Marshals should have at least reached out to the family and let us know that they have received this letter. Maybe we could have helped.” The writer of the letter makes an offer: “If you announce on TV that I will be promised to first go to jail for no more than a year and get medical attention, I will write back to let you know exactly where I am. This is no joke” The FBI could not determine the authenticity of the letter and the US Marshals considers this lead closed. New evidence presented in a 2015 History Channel special used a photo allegedly showing escaped brothers John and Clarence Anglin in Brazil 13 years after the great escape. A forensic expert found it highly likely the two men were the Anglin brothers. The men remain on the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list along with photos of what they might look like today. “I think that Alcatraz was probably a huge learning lesson for them,” said Widmer. “And I don’t believe that had they made it out of there that they would have risked committing any more crimes to get caught, to go back to Alcatraz.”

Dear Mr. President Elect

Dear Mr. President Elect

From An Honest Heart to A Future President

President Elect Trump,

You have won the most visible and distinguished office that our country has in this intense and volatile election. I am sure that this letter will not make a great impact and my guess is that you will never read it. I do not blame you for that, I am a simple blogger with a small platform and you are now in an extremely important…

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