New Lincoln Documents Found By Summer Intern
David Spriegel was in his second week of a summer internship at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois when he made the discovery of a lifetime.
The 21-year-old, who just finished his junior year at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, was preparing a stack of old papers to be logged in a database and put into storage.
As he was examining the documents, he noticed a tiny inscription that had been previously overlooked, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It read: “The above memorandum is in the inscription of Abraham Lincoln. — M. Hay”
The 167-year-old documents are handwritten memos detailing parcels of land being bought and sold in Springfield, dating from the future president's days as a lawyer in that city. Milton Hay, a clerk in the Stuart and Lincoln office, would have recognized his handwriting....
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