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03-13-2009, 06:52 AM
Abraham Lincoln: "Not on MY Watch!"
by RS Davis
The Freedom Files (http://freedomphiles.blogspot.com/2009/03/abraham-lincoln-not-on-my-watch.html)


Hello Freedomphiles! See that? That's a photo of Abraham Lincoln's watch, taken by Richard Strauss of the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. That timepiece, with an estimated cost new of $5000 in 2009 dollars, is at the center of a century-old controversy fitting of an National Treasure sequel.

Jonathan Dillon was a watchmaker, an Irish Immigrant who claimed to have been repairing that watch when the news came that The Civil War (sic) was breaking out. Dillon, who worked at the M.W. Galt and Co.'s jewelry shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, told the New York Times four decades later that in his excitement, he inscribed on the inner-workings of the watch: "The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try."

A nice story, but my BS detector goes to high alert with the slavery mention. It really wasn't until after the war that the myth of "the war to end slavery" began.

And as it turns out, I need to recalibrate that instrument, because the story is true....
Click here (http://freedomphiles.blogspot.com/2009/03/abraham-lincoln-not-on-my-watch.html) to read the rest.

06-15-2009, 08:34 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31348108/?GT1=43001 the lincoln lore is a lore!
curiously enough, we have this MSN story about the theft of an ancient stamp...
stories can be real, surreal and/or unreal with an agenda at tymes and then some!

06-15-2009, 08:37 AM
what if jonathan dillon was an honest watchmaker and quite truthful!
in the artworld there can be hoaxes & ruses and shady thefts galore...

06-15-2009, 08:40 AM
Lincoln was elected a Republican. The GOP started off as a single issue party. An Abolitionist Party.
So his supporters would say something like that, even prior to war propaganda.

06-15-2009, 08:53 AM
I have sold a lot of antique pocket watches in my time so consequently I have learned quite a bit about them and while I could appreciate this watch for it's craftsmanship and historic value I imagine it would still burn in my hand like holy water spilled on Satan. I even hate this man's pocket watch!