[Ads-l] Bogus Lincoln quote? (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 4 19:54:09 UTC 2015


Here are some details for two citations. I had to retype the text, so
errors may be present:

[ref] 1863 October 23, Daily Eastern Argus, (Short untitled item),
Quote Page 4, Column 1, Portland, Maine. (GenealogyBank)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Artemas Ward among other puffs of his lectures has the following from
"Old Abe:",

Dear Sir--I have never heard any of your lectures, but from what I can
learn I should say that for people who like the kind of lectures you
deliver, they are just the kind of lectures such people like.
Yours, respectably. O. Abe.
[End excerpt]


[ref] 1863 November 27, The Burlington Free Press (Burlington Weekly
Free Press), Quote Page 2, Column 5, Burlington, Vermont.
(Newspapers_com)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Artemas Ward in his bill advertising his lecture on ghosts, appends
certificates to his notice after the patent medicine plan of
advertising. The following is one of the certificates:

Artemas Ward:
  Dear Sir--I have never heard any of your lectures, but from what I
learn, I should say that for people who like the kind of lectures you
deliver, they are just the kind of lectures such people like.

Yours respectfully,
O. Abe.
[End excerpt]

Garson


On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 2:56 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
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> There is evidence of an Artemus Ward advertisement with a bogus
> testimonial from "O. Abe" in 1863:
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> November 27, 1863 - Page 2
> Burlington Weekly Free Press
> Burlington, Vermont Friday,
> Database: Newspapers.com
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> On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
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>>>=20
>>> Bill, details of your 1870 citation would interesting, I think.
>>> Garson
>>>=20
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>> "1870s" is just what I remember from looking into it a few years ago.  Sorr=
>> y, didn't record the citation.
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