Cornell University's Copy
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The Bancroft copy stayed in the Bancroft family. Bancroft’s grandson, Dr. Wilder Bancroft, Professor of Chemistry at Cornell, inherited it, and it remained in his possession for many years. He kept the copy in his home on campus. In 1929 he sold it to a New York dealer for $100,000. The dealer held it for several years and then was forced to sell it during the Depression, for half the sum he had paid for it, to a buyer in Indianapolis who in turn sold it to another resident of that city, Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes. In 1949 Mrs. Noyes presented the manuscript to Cornell, as part of the Nicholas H. Noyes collection of Historical Americana.

Cornell’s copy of the Gettysburg Address is part of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.

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Envelope Signed by Abraham Lincoln to George Bancroft. Washington D.C., Februrary 29, 1864.
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