Early Lincoln writing made public

The oldest known sample of Abraham

Lincoln's writing will be on display during August at the Abraham

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

It's a page from teenage Lincoln's sum book, a homemade booklet

of scratch paper Lincoln used to practice math.

Lincoln's stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, saved the

book for 35 years. After the president's death, she gave it to his

law partner, who gave away pages to Lincoln's friends. Ten pages

still exist.

The page that's to be displayed came to the museum as part of

the Taper Collection. It will be taken off display Aug. 31 to be

replaced by another notable artifact from the collection.

The museum has undertaken a $27 million fundraising drive to

keep the 1,500-item Taper Collection together and preserved.

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