ORIGINAL PROCLAMATION BY MR. LINCOLN

from the New Jersey Gazette  
INTERESTING RELIC.-At the relic table in  the New Jersey Department of the great fair, is the original manuscript of the proclamation is- sued by President Lincoln preparatory to the emancipation edict of September 22, 1862. The  text of the proclamation is in the hand of Mr. Lincoln. Mr. James C. Welling, editor of the  National Intelligencer, at Washington, sent this valuable paper to a friend of his, who is a mem- ber of the Executive Committee of New Jersey.  It is a generous contribution from Mr. Welling to the avails of the Central Fair.


 Original proclamation by Mr. Lincoln
 from the New Jersey Gazette 

 Headline: Interesting relic – at the relic table in the New Jersey Department of the great fair, is the original manuscript of the proclamation issued by President Lincoln preparatory to the emancipation edict of September 22, 1862. The text of the proclamation is in the hand Mr. Lincoln. Mr. James C. Welling, editor of the National Intelligencer at Washington, sent this valuable paper to a friend of his, who is a member of the executive committee of New Jersey. It is a generous contribution from Mr. Welling  to the avails of the Central Fair. 

Original manuscript of the proclamation issued by President Lincoln written July 25, 1865 was contributed by
Dr. James C. Welling in summer of 1864 to the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia.

Original Manuscript of Lincoln's Proclamation written July 25, 1862 was a prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation.


  

Abraham Lincoln,  A Proclamation. Manuscript, 1862


Written in Abraham Lincoln’s own hand, this draft of Lincoln’s July 25, 1862, proclamation warned rebels that they risked forfeiting their property unless they surrendered. Although Lincoln did not specifically mention either slaves or emancipation, the threat of forfeiting enslaved human property is implicit. A predecessor to the Emancipation Proclamation, this document marks an important instance of Lincoln wielding his presidential authority to strike a blow against slavery.

The document’s historic significance for abolition was trumpeted two years later when James C. Welling donated the manuscript to be auctioned at the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia (and purchased by a Library Company member) to support the Union war effort.

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President Lincoln's original manuscript of the Proclamation dated July 25, 1862 was the prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation. It was donated by Dr. James C. Welling for auction in 1864 at Great Central Fair in Philadelphia can be found in the Special Collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia.