I would like to thank the readers and families of Mr. Lew Bloom, Mr. Edward Milch, Mr. William Alderfer, Mr. James Hickey, and the previous restorers for indulging me in this fanciful presentation of the painting's history as opposed to the format used in my past, more serious, Case Studies. In researching this painting, I read 650 of Mary Lincoln's letters and gleaned sections that would correspond to what I discovered throughout the conservation process. Mary Lincoln was a letter writer, and as I formulated in my mind how to present this Study it occurred to me that an exchange of letters would best suit her history. The Italicized Version of her letters offers a clear presentation of her citations. Finally, I would like to thank my family, whose company I am still here to enjoy.
Dr. James Cornelius. Curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
Dr. Thomas Schwartz. Illinois State Historian, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
Ms. Mary Bauman. River Forest, Illinois.
Mr. Jeffrey Scot Bauman. River Forest, Illinois.
Mr. Ian William Bauman. New York, New York.
Ms. Laura Kearney. Madison, Wisconsin.
Ms. Sheryl Johnston. Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. David Quinlan. Carpenter Historian, Homer, New York.
Mr. Mark Pflum. Relative of Lew Bloom, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Susan Buehler. Genealogical Historian, East Lansing, Michigan.
Mr. Robert Schneider. Genealogical
Historian, East Lansing, Michigan.
Mr. Jeremy Megraw. New York Public Library, New York, New York.
Ms. Cindy Lou Molnar. Head of Conservation, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Laura J. Latman. Registrar and Collections Manager, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.
Ms. Ellen Lyon. Paintings Conservation Technician, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana.
Ms. Patricia Sherwin Garland. Senior Conservator of Paintings, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.
Ms. Sarah K. Cahill. Director of Membership & Marketing, The Union League Club, New York, New York.
Ms. Libby Mahoney. Chief Curator, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Kathleen Sam Plourd. Director for Collections, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. John Anderson. Photographer, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Susan Tillett. Executive Director, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois.
Mr. Nancy Freehafer. Historian, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Reema Keswani. Jewelry Historian and Dealer, New York, New York.
Ms. Elyse Zorn Karlin. Editor/Publisher, Port Chester, New York.
Ms. Yvonne Markowitz. Curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Andrew King. Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland.
Ms. Jennifer King. Manuscripts Librarian, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Michelle Ortwein. Curator, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, New Jersey.
Mr. Edward Wirth. Archivist and Author, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange, New Jersey.
Ms. Erin Corley Kinhart. Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Garrett Gottschalk. Technical Services and Reference Librarian, River Forest Public Library, River Forest, Illinois.
Ms. Hadley Ford. Digital Resources Librarian, River Forest Public Library, River Forest, Illinois.
Mr. Dennis E. Suttles. Genealogy Research Librarian, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
Ms. Josie Walters Johnston. Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Jonathan Eaker. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Jason Emerson. Author, Cazenovia, New York.
Mr. Glyn Vincent. Author, New York, New York.
Ms. Christy Cunningham-Adams. Painting Conservator, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gary Sloan. Historian, Hildene, Manchester, Vermont.
Mr. Dan Pearson. Lincoln Historian, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Mr. John Kenrick. Musical Theater Historian, New York, New York.
Mr. William Wallace. Executive Director, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Mr. Jerry Perrin. Treasurer, Lewis County Historical Society, Lowville, New York.