Today, June 11, in 1850, Abraham Lincoln decided on a little home-improvement project.
That he wasn’t exactly a regular customer at home depot shows the, somewhat stilted, letter he wrote to order the supplies he needed:
“I wish to build a front fence, on a brick foundation, at my house.
I therefore shall be obliged, if you will, as soon as possible, deliver me bricks of suitable quality, and sufficient number to build such foundation, fifty feet long; of proper width, and depth, under ground, and about two feet above ground.”
The order was sent to Nathaniel Hay who was in the brick business in Springfield.
And if that name sounds familiar…Nathaniel was an uncle to John Hay, who at that time was only twelve years old but who’d become President Lincoln’s secretary exactly ten years later.
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