Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln
Pratt, Harry E.
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BOOK PURCHASES FOR THE LIBRARY OF THE EXECUTIVE MANSION

Books marked with (*) were paid for by President Lincoln

Washington, July 1, 1862

Library of the Executive Mansion

To: William F. Richstein, Dr.

Bookseller and Dealer in Foreign and American Stationery 278 Pennsylvania Avenue
May 7 1 set Hood's Poems 3 vols. ½ calf $6.50
  1 Goldsmiths Poems calf 5.00
  * 1 Homes of American Authors Morocco 6.00
May 21 1 set Stricklands England 7 vols. @ $3.00 21.00
  1 " " Scotland 8 " @ 2.50 20.00
  * 1 Mrs. Brownings Poems 4 " @ 2.25 9.00
  * 1 Mrs. Sigourneys Poems 1 " 1.25
  1 Mrs. Osgood Poems .90
May 26 1 Pearls of Ord Island 1.25
  1 Agnes of Sorrento 1.25
May 27 1 East Lynne .50
  1 Castle Wafer .50
  1 Earl Herr .50
  1 Chemmings .50
  1 Heir to Ashley .50
  1 Life Secret .50
    $75.15

New York, Aug. 7, 1862

Mrs. President Lincoln

    To: T. J. Crowen, Dr. Publisher, Bookseller, and Stationer 699 Broadway, Cor. of 4th Street
  • 1 set Waverly $16.00
  • 1 " Cooper 34.00
  • 1 " Shakespeare 12.00
  • 1 Spencers Poems 8.00
  • 1 Cor Am. Revolution 15.00
  • 1 Sigourney Poems 5.00
  • Page  181* 1 Hist. of New York 4.50
  • * 1 Indian Tales 2.25
  • * 1 Hist. of Revolution 6.00
  • * 1 Hist. of Washington 9.00
  • * 1 Hist. of England 5.00
  • * 1 Hist. of Voyages 2.25
  • * 2 Albums 9.00
  • * 1 Portrait Gallery 16.00
  • 1 Land & Book 3.25
  • 1 Field Book 10.00
  • 1 Kanes Expeditions 10.00
  • * 1 Travels 2.25
  • * 1 Hist. of Creation 2.50
  • * 1 Hist. of Birds .63
  • * 1 Hist. of Beasts .75
  • * 1 Hist. of Art .50
  • * 1 Text Book .37
  • 1 Box .75
  • $113.00

President Lincoln wrote the following note to B. B. French, Commissioner of Public Buildings, who had charge of White House expenditures, including the annual appropriation of $250 for books. At the same time he authorized French to draw $125.90 from the appropriation.

Washington, Aug. 26, 1862

Hon. B. B. French

Sir:

With the sum created by what you draw on the book fund and my private check for $124.25, pay T.J. Crowen of New York $175.00, and William F. Richstein, $75.00.

A. Lincoln

Original bills and check are in the General Accounting Office, Washington, D. C.