$60K Buys You a Letter From Lincoln

A letter President Abraham Lincoln wrote to a boy whose friends didn't believe he had met the commander in chief is being sold in Philadelphia.

Lincoln sent the letter from the White House to 8-year-old George Patten two weeks after his March 1861 inauguration. The youngster had been mocked by classmates for saying he'd met the 16th president with his father, a journalist. His teacher wrote Lincoln to uncover the truth.

Instead, the president wrote to the boy:

"Whom it may concern,

I did see and talk with master George Evans Patten, last May, at Springfield, Illinois.

Respectfully, A Lincoln."

The Raab Collection is offering the letter for $60,000. Vice President Nathan Raab says it's the only known surviving Lincoln letter written to a child.

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