Lincoln Letter to Boy on Sale for $60K

1861 note was sent to schoolboy to confirm their meeting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 9:15 AM CST
This image provided by the Raab Collection shows a letter President Abraham Lincoln wrote to a boy whose friends didn't believe he had met the commander in chief.    (AP Photo/The Raab Collection)
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(Newser) – When 8-year-old George Patten was mocked by classmates in 1861 who didn't believe he'd met Abraham Lincoln, his teacher wrote to the president seeking to expose the boy's tall tale. Lincoln instead sent the boy a letter confirming that they had met the previous year. That document, believed to be the only surviving letter written by Lincoln to a child, is being sold by a Philadelphia dealer in for $60,000, the BBC reports.