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Letter regarding Abraham Lincoln

Call Number: RH MS P800


Cynthia (Dychus) Richmond lived in Springfield, Illinois in early childhood, near Abraham Lincoln's home. In 1935, living in Kansas City, Missouri, she wrote to local coin and antiques dealer Hart D. Mayer, describing the Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin campaign medallion that she wore as a child and Lincoln's comments on it when she visited him at the Illinois Statehouse. Included with her letter is a facsimile reproduction of a photograph of Lincoln--the inscribed original dated August 9, 1854.


  • September 3, 1935; letter of transmittal: March 13, 1947


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Biography of Cynthia A. Richmond

Cynthia A. Richmond was born on September 25, 1849 in Springfield, Illinois to Benjamin Franklin and Rosanna (Smick) Dychus, whose home was located about a block from the residence of Abraham Lincoln. In 1854, when Cynthia was five, the family moved to Decatur, Illinois, where her father died prior to 1860. Lincoln, in private law practice at the time, assisted Mrs. Dychus in settling the estate. Cynthia Dychus married Francis Richmond on July 19, 1871 in Illinois. Within a year, they moved to Kansas, where their children were born. In later years, Cynthia and Francis Richmond lived with their daughter Anna and her husband John C. Borchert in Kansas City, Missouri.


2 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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RH MS P800

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RH MS-P P800

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Found laid in and separated from:

Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron, 1864-1945, Abraham Lincoln, RH C11063, Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library.

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Letter regarding Abraham Lincoln
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Cynthia A. Richmond, b. 1849, Letter regarding Abraham Lincoln, Kansas Collection, RH MS P800, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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