Preston Mayor pens city’s Abraham Lincoln memorial

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A letter from the Mayor of Preston is to feature in a US museum, beside a letter from a predecessor written in 1865.

The late Coun Joseph Isherwood sent his condolences following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

Mayoral seal: Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret with the letter which will feature in a US museum for the Abraham Lincoln 150th anniversary

Mayoral seal: Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret with the letter which will feature in a US museum for the Abraham Lincoln 150th anniversary

And current mayor Coun Nick Pomfret has now been asked to send his own correspondence, to be displayed in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Coun Pomfret said: “I got a letter personally addressed to me and when I opened it, it was from a museum.

“It said my predecessor in 1865 wrote a letter of condolence and it’s ended up in a museum.

“They have kept it for 150 years which is incredible really, given how many letters they may have had.”

Coun Pomfret has now written his own letter, speaking of the “immense honour” of being contacted.

He said: “It’s amazing that the original letter has been saved for 150 years and I happen to be the mayor in the year of the 150th anniversary that they’ve asked to write back.

“I was gobsmacked when I opened it, I didn’t expect it.

“You’ve heard the song ‘Letter from America’, and I’ve actually had one!”

In his letter, Coun Pomfret said: “It is deeply touching to see how, in an age without today’s modern communications, the death of Abraham Lincoln sent shockwaves round the world.

“Abraham Lincoln is a touchstone for democracy, freedom, justice and honour.

“As president, Abraham Lincoln stood firm and led the United States to confront and ultimately abolish slavery.

“Much was at stake, including the very future of the United States, yet Abraham Lincoln was steadfast in his resolve to stand up for people’s rights regardless of the colour of their skin or their standing in society.

“Abraham Lincoln and the decisions he made literally changed the world and for the better.

“He is a figure of immense respect not just in the United States but here in the United Kingdom and indeed around the globe.”

It said: “On behalf of the people of Preston we wish you our warmest regards and best wishes for the future.”