Fundraiser for Lincoln Letter

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — A state lawmaker is trying to bring an authentic Lincoln artifact to the city, but they need your help to do it.

A California man is selling a hand-written letter from the former president. Lincoln wrote the letter to a Union general during the Civil War.

The Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield wants to buy it. However, it costs more than $14,000. The museum teamed up with Representative Mike Murphy to fundraise.

He says they won’t use any state money. Instead, they’re just looking for donations. “I just think it’s a great piece and I really got excited when the museum people told me that this was a piece that they could display 2 or 3 times a year on different displays they had,” said Murphy. He is teaming up with the Bank of Springfield’s non-profit to raise the money.

If you donate more than $30, you will receive a print from Springfield artist Julie Dailey. Murphy set a soft deadline for the fundraising for after the State Fair.

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