By Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A documentary project about Abraham Lincoln has scanned two previously unknown papers from the former president for its collection.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project dedicated to identifying and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. It’s administered through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and co-sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and the Abraham Lincoln Association.

The first letter is from Lincoln to his former secretary of war, Simon Cameron, in 1863.

The second is an endorsement Lincoln wrote on an 1862 letter from a New York firearms dealer trying to locate rifles for Illinois soldiers.

The documents are from the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at the University of Alabama Libraries.

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