The author of a fragmented letter found in a mouse’s nest inside the wall of the Lincoln Home more than 25 years ago has been identified.

Workers repairing the home found part of the mystery letter, as well as other fragments, inside the north kitchen wall. Although stained and damaged by mice, the letter clearly had been sent to the future president in 1846. But by whom? The author of the letter, which has a Quincy dateline of March 10, 1846, has been misidentified at least once.

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