Mary Todd Lincoln letter selling for $15,000
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - February 22, 2013 (WPVI) -- A dealer of rare historic documents is selling a letter that provides a glimpse of the everyday life of President Abraham Lincoln's family at the White House.
The April 18, 1864 letter from Mary Todd Lincoln requests the services of a White House baby sitter to look after the Lincolns' 11-year-old son, Tad.
The Raab Collection in Philadelphia has set the price at $15,000 for the one-page handwritten letter, which belonged to an anonymous private collector.
Raab Collection vice president Nathan Raab says the baby sitter, presidential messenger and valet Charles Forbes, would be blamed by the first lady for her husband's assassination a year later.
Forbes accompanied the Lincolns to Ford's Theater and allowed assassin John Wilkes Booth to enter the door to their private box.
Also SeeMore:Bizarre News
- Building under demolition collapses in Old City 2 min ago
- Windy and cold today
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Photos: Pictures of Old City building collapse 15 min ago
- Photos: Suspects wanted by Philadelphia Police
- 5 arrested after Logan murder, standoff 19 min ago
- 3rd suspect ID'd in Exton jewelry store theft
- Malaysia: No debris in area shown on China images
- Mississippi man who awakened inside body bag dies 44 min ago
- 7th body recovered after NYC explosion
- Christie talks taxes at town hall meeting
- Saints will trade Sproles to Eagles; Birds sign Carroll
- Video: Man punches boy, 8, steals his iPad