New Lincoln Find: San Marino Correspondence
New Lincoln Find: San Marino Correspondence

An exchange of well-wishes between a first-year president and the world’s oldest republic is the latest find of the Springfield-based Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a foundational research arm of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Northern Italian republic of San Marino, dating to 301 A. D., and, as Papers director Daniel Stowell says, had an interest in the American Civil War. “San Marino takes great pride in … being the world’s oldest republic, and so they were very concerned” about the U. S.’ preservation of its form of government, Stowell says, “in a world that, to (San Marino), at least, in Europe, appeared to be going backward toward monarchy.”
Stowell says a South Carolina professor, writing on the New York Times’ Disunion blog, called his attention to the existence of the papers, and San Marino then sent him digital copies of the letters.