Rare Lizzie Borden letter bought for Fall River Historical Society

FALL RIVER — Almost 126 years after it was originally written, a letter from Lizzie Borden has found its way to its destination — just three blocks from her home, although it traveled across the country first.

According to Fall River Historical Society Curator Michael Martins, the museum has acquired a rare letter written by Borden that was recently up for sale by RR Auction of Boston. The letter, which was on sale until Oct. 12, sold for $6,970.  

The letter is “accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Borden’s hand, with the stamp clipped off. Housed in a custom-designed purple leather presentation folder, with a gilt-stamped spine and blind stamped ‘L.B.’ axe on the front,” according to RR Auction.     

Martins said a private foundation bought it on the Historical Society’s behalf, but he’s not at liberty to disclose which group that is. 

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“They requested anonymity, but they were delighted to acquire it for the society,” Martins said. “They were thrilled that they were able to get it into our public collection.” 

An 1896 letter from Lizzie Borden to a Miss Jennie F. Boas is up for auction by Boston-based RR Auctions.

What’s in Lizzie Borden’s letter, and who did she send it to?

The letter, dated Dec. 9, 1896, was written by Borden only a few years after her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Borden were killed on Aug. 4, 1892; the two were found dead in their Second Street home, butchered with a hatchet. Lizzie, the only suspect, was acquitted after a sensational trial that made international headlines due to the crime’s brutality and the blueblood status of those involved.  

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