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Letter from Lincoln's children is estimated at $ 5 million

April 3 2008

Sotheby's to auction in New York on Thursday with an initial estimate of $ 5 million letter of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln for children. This is a handwritten message of Lincoln's "little citizens", dated April 5, 1864 was a response to a petition by 195 children from northern Massachusetts, asks him to release all children held in bondage. The letter was written at the height of the Civil War, North and South.

Lincoln received 250 to 500 letters a day and rarely enter into correspondence, for it led her two assistants. Regarded as the most democratic and accessible leader of his age, he personally read only one letter out of a hundred. But this time the president made an exception to the rule.

"God wants all children free," - wrote the 16 th U.S. president, adding that he is not in his power to realize this dream. Draft of this letter is in the Library of Congress.

Total 110 historical documents - letters, memos, directives of U.S. presidents, starting with the first President George Washington - on display at the auction on Thursday, RIA Novosti news agency.

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