Lincoln's letter sets record at auction

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Abraham Lincoln's heartfelt letter to youngsters who asked him to free America's "little slave children" was sold at auction Thursday for $3.4 million.

The 1864 letter set a record for a Lincoln manuscript, as well as for any presidential and American manuscript, Sotheby's said.

It was purchased by an anonymous American private collector bidding by telephone.

Lincoln's hand-penned reply was contained in a letter to a woman who had mailed the children's petition from Concord, Mass.

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