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The College Boy

Abraham Lincoln was president, but he was also a father. Similarly, Robert Todd Lincoln was the first couple’s oldest child, but also a typical college student. Here we see a classic dynamic of the parent/college-student relationship as Lincoln telegraphs naggingly to his son, “Why do I hear no more of you?”

Image: Robert in 1861

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Washington, D. C., July 14 1863

Robt T. Lincoln


5th Av. Hotel–

Why do I hear no more of you?

A. Lincoln

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