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Collection Reference Number GLC06038
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1860s 
Title Authority to affix the seal to a proclamation for the celebration of George Washington's birthday
Date 19 February 1862
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Partially printed order directing Secretary of State William H. Seward to affix the seal to a proclamation recommending the celebration of Washington's birthday. On February 19, 1862 Lincoln issued an official proclamation recommending that the people of the United States assemble in their "customary places of meeting for public solemnities" on February 22 in honor of Washington's birthday. One black and white full length seated engraving and one bust engraving of Lincoln included. One black and white full length seated engraving of George Washington also included.
Subjects President  Presidential Speeches and Proclamations  President Discussing President  Government and Civics  Holidays and Celebrations  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Seward, William Henry (1801-1872)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945