- From the Publisher
- A Cup Half-Empty
- Who Were the Lincoln Life Guards?
- Kepi Controversy
- Primary Source Material: Manuscripts
- Overlooked Evidence: Lincoln in Pioneer Chicago
- “THE UNION Is DISSOLVED” The Charleston Mercury Broadside: Points of Authenticity and Variations
- Lincoln Letter Fraud on Ebay
- What He Really Thought of Lincoln: The Discovery of an Unpublished Letter by William F. Herndon
- The Sanitary Fair’s Gifts to President Lincoln
- Behind the Scenes At Federal Hall
- In The Marketplace
- LINCOLNPHILE (book reviews)
- The Annotated Lincoln
- Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies
- Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History
- “Lincoln” Hits the Screens
- We Have The War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
- Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War
- President James Buchanan and the Crisis of National Leadership
- Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln
- Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President.
- Abraham Lincoln: The Image of His Greatness.
- Letters to the Editor
- The Obvious Lincoln
- DeWitt Deaccession Debate
- Fake Lincoln Endorsement
- Historical inaccuracies found in CDV
- More on the Lincoln Avengers
- Cartoon Artist Identified
- Kepi Commentary
- An Item in Search of a Story
- Show & Tell
- Replicas For Sale
- Dueling Blogs
- Lincoln Artwork or Just Artwork?
- Devil with a Blue Dress On
- Breyer Model Horses
- Kudos on the new site!
- This daguerreotype looks like Lincoln, but is it Lincoln?
- What Is Lincoln’s Embalmer Worth?
- New Lincoln Stuff on the Market
- Rail Splinters
- Suspect Lincoln
- A Note from the Great Beyond
- ‘A. Lincoln’ Money Pit
- Added Cachet Value
- A Constant Flow of Fakes
- Problematic Copy Images
- Fraudulent Tintype
- If Only It Were Real!
- Rip-Off Ribbons
- Bogus Ballot
- “Ay, tear her tattered ensign down”
- Legit and Illegitimate Theater: The Ford’s Theatre Ticket
- Implausible Provenance
- Twice As [Not] Nice
- These Have Age, But Not Enough
- The Real and the Unreal
- Great Finds!
Answer to the question “Whatever became of the Gillett collection?”
In our last “hard copy” print issue of this journal, datelined Spring 2010, on page 65, we ran a story about the collection of Hezekiah Gillett who passed away in 1917. We knew “who had it then”, but wondered “who’s got it now?” We reprint a recent exchange of letters which answers that question to a great degree.
My great-grandfather, Hezekiah M. Gillett, was 13 when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and that may have been the impetus for his collecting books, pamphlets, newspapers, and articles about Lincoln. Attached to this email is a Catalogue (listed by author) of his collection, which is in my possession [ed. note: 143 books, pamphlets and scrapbooks]. I am sorry to be in the position where this collection cannot stay in the family, so I am looking for advice on how best to part with it. While it would be nice to be able to donate it to an institution specializing in Lincoln, we must consider the financial value and ability to sell this collection too. I do not know how to classify condition. Some items appear to me to be in ‘great’ condition, while others are ‘poor.’ I have little idea as to overall value, but am hopeful because almost all of them are first editions, a few are signed or numbered, and some may be rare (Volck’s Confederate War Etchings; Nicolay & Hay Abraham Lincoln complete set; ???)
I would appreciate any counsel you can provide regarding this.
As an update, I am the editor of an online journal for Lincoln collectors, The Rail Splitter. We currently are an online journal only. Prior to that (1995-2010), we published print issues. Our web site has pdf files for all our past issues. If you download our very last print issue (Spring 2010), and go to page 65, you will see a picture and story about your great grandfather! I knew the name was familiar! Did he collect other Lincoln items besides books? Anyway, we asked in the article “Whatever became of the Gillett collection?” Now we know.
Well I’ll be!!! Thank you so much for alerting me to this article on Hezekiah and I look forward to perusing the rest of The Rail Splitter.
I am only aware of or heard about the items I sent you in the Catalogue (i.e. books, etc.), but I only know Zeke’s great grandchildren sired through his son John (Zeke – John – John Ken – Me). Based on this new info, I am going to try and track down his great grandchildren via his other children and see if some of the “stuff” mentioned is around or at least what happened to it.
Thank you again!
PS One fun bit of info about Hezekiah … he was a Knight Templar. Maybe hidden in that closet depicted in the caricature is the Holy Grail.
NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE RAIL SPLITTER PRESS:
Book Review Archive
- Act of Justice: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War.
- The Dark Intrigue: The True Story of a Civil War Conspiracy.
- President Lincoln: the Duty of a Statesman.
- Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries.
- The Lincoln’s: Portrait of a Marriage.
- The Madness of Mary Lincoln.
- Lincoln the Inventor.
- Lincoln and New York.
Rail Splinters Archive
- Stereo view photographs of Abraham Lincoln statue damaged in 1906 San Francisco earthquake
- Lincoln in Film
- John Wilkes Booth? Probably not.
- Answer to the question “Whatever became of the Gillett collection?”
- What happened to the Gillette Collection?
- This Train is Bound for Glory
- Lincoln Ballots 1834-1864
- Lincoln Museum in Boise
- Lincoln at the Abolition Ball
- Where East Meets West
- A Prince of a Guy
- In Memoriam: C. Peter Scanlan
- Portrait of Lincoln Legal Associate Unearthed
- Thomas T. Eckert Archive: Telegraphic History of the Civil War
- Beethoven’s medium channels news of Lincoln’s Death by composing “The Funeral March”
- Where is Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1861 Inaugural Ball dress?
- The Meatball does The Sauceman (and The Rail Splitter) proud
- Lincoln “apparently not” a sexist
- Campaign woodcuts in illustrated magazines, symbolism or adornment?
- 1890 Wide-Awake Reunion program
- Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention Highlights
Past Print Issues