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1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING, "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)
1 "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?) 1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING
SOUTHERN ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 1890 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of travel through England on its inland waterways and canals as handwritten by the intrepid author "Rutland Bleign" [but really unidentified as it seems a pseudonym] who is travelling with his friend and illustrator, the brace working to publish the as titled book: "In Tow: The Chronicle of a Cruise in a Monkey Boat." Written from August 6th through the 28th in 1890 [he leaves off the year but some sleuthing concluded definitely the year as stated] the manuscript which appears unpublished details the three week cruise on the historic canals of Southern England at the perfect time for historians and researchers of canal travel as in 1890 while some were in peak years of usage while others beginning to see the inevitable decline due to increased railway service. Rutland is an erudite, witty raconteur in this travel account. Here are some snippets: "... after a ramble round the town, I took our permit to the Canal Office to be initialled in due form, and had a chat with the agent Mr. White... returning to our boat... I found a very serious gentleman with a pencil and notebook in hand... announced himself as the Canal-Boat-Inspector-for-the-Newbury-District-under-the- Local-Government-Board... he wanted to know how much women, children, and other livestock were onboard... if any of us were subject to hydrophobia, Asiatic cholera, smallpox or other little ailments of that sort... the blue books had already told me; but then as its owners the G.W.R. [Great Western Railway] get the traffic which it would otherwise take, it seems to be merely a transference from one pocket to the other. No doubt the Railway people would close the Cut tomorrow if their powers allowed them, which fortunately for us easy-going folk who infinitely prefer their water- to their iron-way, is not the case..." "The canal closing Sunday rule is absolutely stringent, it appears, and even a party of G.W.R. officials [Great Western Railway] who came down the canal for a weekend 'trip' were not allowed to infringe it. As the pleasure traffic begins to feel its way along these hitherto almost unknown waters, this regulation will naturally become more & more irksome, and will probably be relaxed eventually..." "....Melksham... the sunny old Quaker town... the grand old Quaker enterprise and grit which made the place, had largely disappeared, but Sir Robert Fowler still is there, and the methodist connextion is evidently strong..." "... beyond a square orchard with some lumps in the turf... Stanley Abbey... our host insisted on our partaking in some home brewed wine (vintage '86, Chateau Rhubarb Beds) of subtle flavour and half inclined to be sparkling." "We begin to expect great things of 'New Swindon,' and may, after all, have to spend more than the inevitable 'ten minutes for refreshment' which begins and ends most peoples acquaintance with the place; and which must have brought a fortune to the far seeing contractor who stipulated for that stopping clause in his lease with the Railway Company." Overall G+. 
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1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY, 'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE
2 'S.B.' [?] and CLEMENTINE 1830s SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOKS [2] AND HANDWRITTEN STUDY HIGHLIGHTING THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY
France 1830 Good+ Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a superb, original pair [2] of 1830s manuscript journals of multi discipline subjects including; cosmography, mythology, navigation and exploration of the New World, ancient lore, history of powerful monarchies, an extensive history of France from ancient times to the Napoleon Bonaparte era etc all undoubtedly of an advanced level of study hand written by an unidentified student save, we believe, for the initials 'S.B.' in early 19th Century France. The treasured, large folio volumes, on fine watermarked paper comprised of some different sized text blocks, assembled between hard covers with lovely marbleized endpapers is titled on the spine: 'Melanges' and true to the name the books are chock a block with just over 500 pages of comprehensive notes, charts, illustrations etc making for an enormous compilation on the state of the subject's knowledge at the time. The books are representative of what is arguably the pinnacle of World class education as France could boast some of the finest educators and educational institutions of the modern World in the 19th Century and these books reflect that state: very broad in scope, they are arranged by Century, the subjects are anything from Adam and Eve, the human psyche, the four ages of man to Protestantism to the Ancients: Epaminondas, Rhadamille and Zénobie to such luminaries as Louise d'Orléan, the English Duke of Berwick, Marguerite de Valois, Cleopatra, Saladin the Sultan of Egypt, Diocletian and the death of Henry III. General Geography is over 23 pages. Volume I dated 1830 - 31 begins with Cosmography, Mythology, Enigmatic Historic Episodes, Geography. (Cosmographie, 1e et 2e Cahier d'Enigmes Zénobie Curcas 1830, Géographie.) The first subject, Cosmography, begins with the lightning rod invented by Benjamin Franklin in Pennsylvania in 1749 (pannoterre in French) continues for 57 pages. The Planets, lunar eclipses, the ancient civil Egyptian calendar, atmospheric precipitation and other natural phenomenon, etymology of Gregorian calendar months, a summary of the zodiac, geographic coordinates of the globe, wind patterns, solar cycles, stars, meteorites, constellations and solstices comprising the sum total of knowledge regarding cosmography up to that time. Another extensive section titled "Extrait de l'Histoire Universelle" is an historical sketch of civilization starting with Creation and summarizing Biblical people groups such as the Philistines, the Jews, the Amalekites, the Egyptians, so forth. [There is a 27 page section in a different hand, presumably a younger sibling, identified as Clémentine and titled "Analyses Clémentine" being a grammatical exercise: an historic synopsis is summarized vertically in the left margin, each word adjacently being identified for its word class, conjugation, etc.] Volume II dated 1831-32 begins with Navigators, Voyages Around the Principle Provinces of America, History of France, History of England, Ancient Macedonian Races, and much more. (Voyages des Navigateurs, Voyages dans les principales provinces de l'Amérique, Histoire de France, Histoire d'Angleterre, Histoires des Macedoines, [etc.] Cahier d'histoire à Zénobie Curcas. Le 23 Août 1832.) The biographies include Vasco de Gama, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Ferdinand Magellan, William Parry, Louis de Freycinet, and La Perouse. Adding superb depth there are hand drawn coastlines as discovered by important navigators over time, the first being New France and charting principal cities from Newfoundland to Louisiana. Another section charts a journey intra Mexico to Santa Fe to Los Angeles, then Chihuahua, Durango, Chapala, and Valladolid in the Yucatan. A third chart starts where the second ended, in the Yucatan, charting a voyage to Cuba, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and finally Cartagena in Colombia. The same is performed for the coasts of South America, and Africa, the latter being divided into several regions, one of which is a "voyage in the interior of Africa" which crosses the ancient Kingdoms of Egypt and Nubia north to south. This section on navigation is 33 pages. There are descriptions of Turkey, Greece and France [Gaul] and inhabited by Celtic tribes, the ancient races of Macedonia, Rome, Greece and Portugal and a comprehensive historical sketch of France throughout various epochs, beginning with the Middle Ages, and concluding with Napoleon's rule until 1815. Historic moments of many French cities are recorded and compact biographies of the monarchs beginning with Louis VI (1081 - 1137), through the Ancien Régime to Henry VI and his Bourbon dynasty, continuing with the Reformation and King Louis XIV who revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the French Revolution a century later, major campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, and concluding with the death of Louis XVIII 16 September 1824. North American events such as the expansion of French colonies during reign of Louis XIV, the Treaty of Paris in 1763 which ceded French colonies to the English, Louis XVI in American Revolutionary War for Independence and his execution in 1793. Charts and lists then compare kings, governments, battles, and so forth. This section is 150+ pages in five parts bound back to front. The 13 x 8¼ inch books have quarter calf over red boards, gilt lined and titled 'Melanges' to spine, marbled endpapers. The covers are rubbed, the leather chipped in spots but overall G+. 
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3 'UNCLE' FRED HARTFORD 1891 - 1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A RELATED 'GUEST' OF THE CAPTAIN IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF SHIP'S PURSER ON A 3 MASTED SCHOONER FROM NEW YORK TO HONG KONG AND BACK
ASEA ABOARD THE STERLING 1891 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, though flawed, original manuscript 1891 - 1892 travel diary detailing day to day life workings and aboard a 3 masted schooner sailing to the 'far side of the world' from New York City to Hong Kong and back. Inscribed, in a later hand: 'Uncle Fred Hartford's Diary on Board The Sterling Capt. Geo. Goodwin 1891 - 1892 Voyage from New York to Hong Kong by Sailing Ship 196 days'. 'The Sterling' commanded by Captain George Goodwin and this extended trip to the Far East and back are told over approximately 181 intact pages, numbered page 3 - 184 with several loose pages, a small number of fragments, a 'supplement' notebook, two letters of correspondence, a photo of the ship and a twentieth century envelope bearing pertinent data and provenance written by family it appears on the outside. Genealogical notes on the envelope name Uncle Fred Hartford as a relative to the Captain inasmuch each man married cousins [we think!] who were sisters of the grandmother to the note writer!?! Flaws, fuzzy familial connection and all do not change the fact that the narrative is packed with details of life under sail as the author gives a day to day account starting with the position or location, weather and any and all interesting observations or occurrences. It would seem he has some knowledge of the sea and ship board life describing the sailor's handling of the backstays and other easy references to nautical nomenclature. But he also seems to delight in some new enjoyments like sitting up high in the mizzenmast. Maiden voyage or not Fred does a super job delivering a true picture of life aboard as he strives to bring the experience to life for the folks back home. They encounter some rather bad weather; discuss trading coconuts with natives in an almost hilarious scene to the natives at least to going on a 'pick nick' in Hong Kong the narrative is unique: Uncle Fred holds the benighted position of a working 'Guest' of the Captain. He spends much time working through a cigar on deck with George discussing the folks back home to who he is actually addressing as if one long huge letter. As to his duties he appears to act as ship's purser being in charge of the 'slops chest' and having some part in negotiating with the natives. Anyone familiar with the Master and Commander series will see a like situation between Captain Aubrey and his particular friend Dr. Maturin. The paper is somewhat brittle being the reason there was some fragmentation but we cannot account for the loss of the fist three pages. The vast majority of the piece is overall G. 
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1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA, 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
4 30 CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA 1869 ORIGINAL RECONSTRUCTION ERA HANDWRITTEN PETITION AND PROTEST BY THE CITIZENS OF MADISON ALABAMA
MADISON ALABAMA 1869 Good Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic reflective of Southern Reconstruction Era woes and gripes between citizens and Government, this being an 1869 Madison, Alabama handwritten document; a Reconstruction Era petition and as stated a protest by the Citizens of Madison against a proposed sale by the Mayor and Aldermen of the street between the store house of the Wise Mercantile Co. and that of Mr. L. Hardage, running from Front St. to Martin St. with 30 autograph signatures and likely a few names of recent combatants including: A Hardage, S. H. Floyd, P. B. Fletcher, R E Wiggins, Leslie Fletcher, J A Humphrey, G. W. Martin, JJ Canterbury, John Nance, Richard Mason. 8.5" x 14" some soiling, wear, else G+. 
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1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME, ??? DEFOREST
5 ??? DEFOREST 1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME
STRATFORD CONNECTICUT 1826 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, original early 19th Century 38 page manuscript diary handwritten by a 21 year old female member of the Deforest family, we believe, and living in and around Stratford Connecticut. Dated January 1826 through February 1827 we surmise she is a novice or novitiate [she is allowed home] in a not too faraway convent with frequent mentions Sister Maria, Sister Betsey, etc., and that she sits in her 'chamber' window' etc. That said she still has a life and family outside of the convent with travels to Milford, Bridgeport, Putney [north end of Stratford], and of course many, many mentions of the people around her: a friend Maria Hovey, S. Alffords, Rev. Mr. Judah, Joseph Tomlinson, Mary Mills, Mr. Levitt, Mr. Rutledge, Sarah Lewis, O. Beardslee, Mrs. Birdseye, cousins: Eliza and Sarah Deforest, Mary Deforest, Jane Mills, Delia Deforest, Uncle and Aunt Beers, Aunt Pendleton +++. Activities include religious sermons and musings, visits from family and friends, domestic pursuits such as spinning, sewing and quilting, news of sickness, manning a charity booth, deaths and a wedding. She also refers to "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley was written by Washington Irving in 1821, while he lived in England, and published in 1822. This episodic novel was originally published under his pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon." The 6¼ x 7½ inch book is missing its covers has some minor wear and soiling, but overall G. 
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6 A. GULHNER 1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF MID 19TH CENTURY GERMAN MILITARY ARTILLERY AND GUNNERY SKILL AND TECHNIQUE
ULM GERMANY 1861 Very Good 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a superb relic of mid-19th Century militaria and German artillery and gunnery skills and technique being a manuscript book titled 'Portie-Tafeln nebst Ertäuterungen für sämmtliche Geschütze der Bundesfestung Ulm'. The 85 page handwritten book is a technically detailed manual with many tables, charts, graphs with explanations of the guns at the Federal fortress at Ulm in a beautiful calligraphic hand in German. Dated 1861 and with the name of 'A Gulhner' inscribed on the front page, one finds part of the Appendix (pages 75-85) which relates to gunnery at Berlin. A few blank leaves at the end, bound in the original grey-brown cloth, the ink slightly browned but very clean and sound (160 by 110mm). Some of the contents and guns detailed include: 24lb short cannon (kurze kanon); 18lb battery cannon (batterie kanon); 12lb battery cannon; 6lb battery cannon; 12lb field cannon (feld kanon); 6lb field cannon; 25lb long howitzer (lange haubitz); 25lb short howitzer (kurze haubitz); 10lb long howitzer; 10lb short howitzer; 7lb long heavy iron howitzer (lange schwert eiserne haubitz); 7lb long heavy bronze howitzer (lange schwere bronzene haubitz); 7lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 18lb battery cannon (rikoschetiren); Ricochets with 12lb battery cannon; Ricochets with 25lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb long howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb short howitzer; Range under 60 deg elevation (bombenwerfen unter 60° elevation); Range under 45 deg elevation; Range under 30 deg elevation; Shell throw for 7lb mortar; Shell throw for 12lb mortar; Appendix (Anhang); (tempirung der Lundrohre); Shot Tables for the pulled fortress cannons at Berlin in the year 1861; (Schuss Tafeln für die gezogenen Festungs Geschütze Berlin im Jahr 1861); further reference to Berlin, January 1861+++. HISTORICAL NOTES: One online source provides: The Confederation Fortress of Ulm (built 1842-1859) was the central point and main training area for the defence of southern Germany and was one of five federal fortresses of the German Confederation. With its 9 km main circumvallation, Ulm was the biggest fortress in Germany in the 19th century and it is still one of the biggest in Europe. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and the Treaty of Paris, the victorious powers agreed to defend the German Confederation states. The fortresses were one of the few realised projects of the Confederation. The fortress at Ulm was planned as a closed, polygonal wall system by the Prussian construction manager Moritz Karl Ernst von Prittwitz und Gaffron and built under his supervision. It straddled the Danube and surrounded the cities of Ulm in Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and had 16 detached forts and an extensive moat system. In war it was planned to place 20,000 men in the fortress (Ulm had at this time 16,000 citizens) and an expansion to hold 100,000 men was planned. In peace it was mostly occupied by 5,000 men of the federal army and the double-headed eagle, symbol of the Confederation, was embossed on all artillery. Today, about two thirds of the fortifications are preserved. Overall VG. 
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1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A GOLD AND SILVER DEALER FROM RHODE ISLAND TRYING TO MAKE SALES IN MOBILE TO NO AVAIL, A.C. MATHEWSON
7 A.C. MATHEWSON 1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A GOLD AND SILVER DEALER FROM RHODE ISLAND TRYING TO MAKE SALES IN MOBILE TO NO AVAIL
MOBILE ALABAMA AL 1843 Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of North-South trade being an 1843 handwritten letter dated Mobile Alabama as field representative A.C. Mathewson writes his head office of jewellers Mathewson Allen and Co. of Rhode Island. Addresses to the company his correspondent was likely his relation Nathan Fuller Mathewson, [born: 7 Sep 1814, Warren RI, Marriage: Susan Green Wightman about 1840 in Providence RI, Died: 27 May 1901, Jeweler and partner from circa 1835 to 1848 with Bradford Allen in Providence RI as MATHEWSON & ALLEN, listed in the 1836 city directory with a shop on the corner of Pine and Rhodes Streets] regarding the state of his gold and silver trade dealings. He reports he has had almost no business in Mobile but frequently mentions he expects better in New Orleans. He also notes business dealings between Rhode Island, New York and Charleston South Carolina too. Some small loss from opening at the seal and a mouse has done some nibbling. Overall G. 
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8 A.K. JACOBS 1862 ORIGINAL INTRIGUING MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL ENGINEER AND SCHOOL TEACHER WHO INSISTS HE IS "INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES"
ELMIRA WILLIAMSPORT LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA 1862 Fair+ 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is an original rather enigmatic and very intriguing 1862 manuscript diary handwritten by A. K. Jacobs a 22 year old man [he is 23 years old on December 23rd] who at the beginning of the diary was a teacher at Eckley School and going to White Haven in Luzerne County. Soon he tires of teaching, a Mr. Tarbox takes over, and Mr. Jacobs heads to Philadelphia, then to Harrisburg, Williamsport, Elmira and finally ends up on the shores of Lake Erie where starts an engineering/surveying job [research finds a civil engineer, A. K. Jacobs, in the 1880 census, living in Lock Haven Pennsylvania, born in 1840 and married to a Mary and no doubt the same author of this book]. Historians and researchers of the era and the region will find a number of intrigues. In one case he seems to be caught up in some kind of scandal or legal troubles. He writes: "August 9th, Received a letter from L. Hyndman. Heard what the people at Eckley think of me. Have from all accounts a pretty hard name but am innocent of all the charges." In another circumstance that while there is hardly mention of the Civil War but Jacobs left drafts of two different letters in the back of the book on the blanks, one to a women he loves named Emma and the other, a 'Letter to the Editor' and in part it reads: "…..The last battle before Richmond has caused the people in this (Erie) and adjoining counties to mourn for friends and relatives who laid down their lives for their country. They were principally of the 83rd Reg. Pvt. Col. McLane who was a citizen of Erie, I believe, was pretty badly cut up when he returned to camp……" Here are other snippets: 1862 "January 1st, Had a good crowd all day at the bar. Fell very tired at night." "April 9th, Wrote to J. L. Hyndman. Spent a very unpleasant day in school. Scholars very troublesome and mischievous. Felt bad because Jane did not give me an answer when I wanted to go up with her to Mary's." "April 12th, Went to White Haven in the afternoon. Brought a horse wagon over. Took Jane out to the valley. Had quite a happy time. Got back at 4 o'clock. Stayed with her till two." "April 23rd, Taught as usual. Made arrangements to stay with Jane. Attended church at the Episcopal Church. Had quite an exciting time with Jane. She got excited and got a fit." "May 23rd, Lieut. C. Straw and Jack Durst visited me this forenoon. School small today." "May 28th, Came back to Eckley this morning. I am going to quit teaching and am going into Engineering. Leave next Monday. Went to Jeddo after school. Engaged Mr. Tarbox to take my school next week." "May 31st, Came back to Eckley, ran around and settled my business. Stayed with Jane. Had a good time. Retired about 3 o'clock. Took Jane out riding, had a nice time." "June 4th, (in Philadelphia) Spent the day in visiting the Navy Yard. Evening went to the theatre. Welch arrived today." "June 6th, Looking up some records to assist us in the survey. Left Williamsport at 6 in the evening for Elmira. Arrived there at 4 in the morning. The train being detained by the freight train running off track." "June 7th, Ran around Elmira, visited the Water Cure. E. is quite a city. Left E. for Erie at 5 in the afternoon. Arrived in Erie at 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Went to bed at 3. Slept very sound." "June 15th, Went to church in the morning. Afternoon went down to the Lake. Went aboard a vessel there. Welch sketched Presque Island." (in Belle Valley) "July 20th, Spent the day at Stranahan. Had a good time with Jennie in the evening. Am going to take her to the ball on Friday next." "July 21st & 22nd, Moved our boarding place to Concord. Worked on the line and distributed stakes. Ran up to Corry…..Worked on Hu Line. Did a good says work after which went to Huron for supper then to Stranahan's intending to come back but being prevailed upon to stay. We did. Stranahan and family are fine folks." "July 25th, Worked all day. Evening took Jennie Stanahan to a ball. Had a good time. Kept it up till day light." "July 27th, Arose at 8 o'clock. Took breakfast and went down to Stranahan's. Heard of some remarks made about my being "Light" at the ball last Friday night. Not true." "August 10th, Went to Corry to a war meeting held there. Saw quite a crowd. Took dinner at the Boston House with George McBride, engineer on the passenger train." "September 2nd, Welch and I went to Spring Creek. I had a good time with Miss Emma and we had a glorious time all around. Am going to correspond with her, Miss Emma. She is a mighty fine girl." "October 22nd & 23rd, Met Emack Davison. Garden party on the train. Came down with them and had a time with them…..Stopped at the boarding house all day. Made drafts of bridges." "November 6th, Received a letter from Beisel. Run levels. Weather quite cold. Fire feels comfortable. David Tate, I am to pay 25 cents. Attended an apple cut in the evening at Capt. Graham's. Had a nice time." "November 21st, Spent the day at the boarding house. Attended a performance by Rivers Troupe in the evening. Very good performance." "December 19th, Went to Pittsfield and stopped all night. Attended a ball at Warner's Hotel. Met Emma there. Spent an hour pleasantly with her. Retired about 3 o'clock." Much of the diary was written in pencil and a few of the entries are a bit faded and smudged. There are a total of 227 days worth of entries and the back is also filled up with expense entries and additional notes. Much of those blank pages are from January 2nd to March 30th and then the entries become more regular. The diary measures about 3 ¼" x 5 ¾" and although all the pages are accounted for the binding is loose as are some of the pages so it does need some archival repair but overall the book is Fair+. 
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9 A.S. 1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE RARE AND UNUSUAL METEOROLOGICAL EVENT KNOWN AS PARHELIA OR SUN DOGS
BROOKLINE MASSACHUSETTS 1859 Very Good Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic of mid 19th Century meteorological occurrence of note being a handwritten eyewitness account of what the Harvard College Observatory, Annals, Vol. 19 described as a "Parhelia of the usual form, but of remarkable brilliance." The account which includes a pen and ink drawing signed A.S. describes the observation which occurred in Brookline Massachusetts on April 2, 1859. The notes in part: "About one fifth of the distance between the first circle and the Zenith was a faint hole with the sun in its centre without its points..." "Dr Kane speaks of seeing it on several occasions in the Arctic regions, and was apparently greatly impressed with its beauty." Stated "For the Transcript". 2 pages, 5" x 7.75". Tear left side, else VG. Pen and ink drawing, 7" x 8.5". Some ink smudging, else VG 
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10 A.W. KENNEDY 1849 - 1860 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT FINANCIAL DIARY AND INVESTOR'S LEDGER DETAILING THE HISTORY OF TWO SHIPS PLYING THEIR TRADE ON THE ATLANTIC
Plymouth Massachusetts MASS MA 1849 Good+ Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a super, original 1849 - 1860 financial and investment diary and ship owner's ledger handwritten by A.W. Kennedy one of many share owners and likely the 'Chief Operating Officer' in two stated ships; The "M.R.Ludwig" and the "Brig Darien". The many intimate details of the investors, costs related to ship building, supplies etc., are finely detailed and within the 136 pages a wealth of mid 19th century marine commerce is revealed. There are a few pieces of ephemera tucked in, one as early as 1821. The 13½ x 8½ inch folio sized book features a typed slip stating 'Plymouth Mass. Ship Log' pasted to the spine. 
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11 Abbot Giuseppe Calandrelli 1807 HANDWRITTEN LATIN BOOK OF MATHEMATICS AS STUDIED IN THE COLLEGIO ROMANO UNDER THE FAMED ABBOT CALANDRELLI
Collegio Romano ROME ITALY 1807 Original Vellum Good+ Latin 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is an original handwritten Latin mathematics manuscript detailing the instruction and works of Abbot Giuseppe Calandrelli (1749 - 1827) who was a famous Italian astronomer and mathematician. After the Jesuit order was suppressed, after the direction of the Collegio Romano was given over to priests from other orders, young Calandrelli perfected his scientific studies and became the substitute for his maestro, Father François Jacquier. He earned many prestigious titles: giving physics lessons after the professor died; director of the Accademia di Fisica, entrusted by the Pope to bring electricity to the Papal Palace on the Quirinal Hill, among others. He founded a school of astronomy in Rome. This manuscript dated 1807 is divided in IX books and is adorned with 24 original folding drawings in the end. On the frontispiece there is a Masonic drawing. Ex libris of Andrae Belli, surgeon, official and doctor at the hospital of Santa Maria della Consolazione in Rome. This manuscript is assuredly the geometry textbook Andrea Belli used for his mathematics lessons in Rome at the Collegio Romano with Giuseppe Calandrelli. Original full vellum binding. Pages: 4 + 166 + 24 folding drawings. Complete. Size: 20 cm x 13,50 cm; 7.80 in. x 5.50 in. G+ 
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12 ABDIEL & JANE 1858 CHARMING EARLY PIONEER HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM ILLINOIS
Giraed, Illinois 1858 Manuscript Very Good+ 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Autograph
Superb early pre Civil War letter in lovely hand by ABDIEL & JANE - ALS, GIRAED, ILLINOIS, 1858, 4 full pages, 4to. Wonderful letter to cousin urging him to come west, buy a farm and be their neighbor. Super snapshot of early life and family warmth. Fine. 
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13 ABEL BROWN 1813 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, LETTERS TO THE GOVERNOR, PROTEST OF LAND TRANSFERS AND SCHOOL POLICIES OF EARLY NEW HAMPSHIRE
SOUTH HAMPTON SEABROOK NEW HAMPSHIRE 1813 Good English 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a super manuscript relic of early 19th century New Hampshire government and judicial proceedings and some legislative acts and even a protest being the original manuscript daybook of Abel Brown of Southampton, New Hampshire. He identifies himself as a witness to proceeding and recorder of such. There are a number of signatures and initials of other witnesses, signers to Abel's writings etc. Handwritten notes dating from 1813 through 1824 over 24 pages of writings includes military matters, building roads, an apprenticeship agreement, a protest over land taken from the town of South-Hampton to the town of Seabrook, letters to the Governor and more. Handmade book with paper covers, 7" x 8", overall VG. 
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1881 - 1885 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE SCION OF A LONG ESTABLISHED [1709] NEW JERSEY FAMILY WITH ROOTS TO THE MAYFLOWER, ABEL VEIL SHOTWELL
14 ABEL VEIL SHOTWELL 1881 - 1885 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE SCION OF A LONG ESTABLISHED [1709] NEW JERSEY FAMILY WITH ROOTS TO THE MAYFLOWER
RAHWAY NEW JERSEY 1898 Fair+ Manuscript Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
On offer is a super, significant original 1881 - 1885 manuscript diary handwritten by Abel Veil Shotwell the then scion of a many, many generations established in New Jersey family and whose ancestors crossed from England on the second Mayflower, after their original ship the Speedwell was turned back, landing at Plymouth Massachusetts in the later half of the 17th Century but eventually settling on the banks of the Rahway River in New Jersey around 1709. Abel's father was a tanner but Abel's path began as a clerk in a mercantile house, then insurance settling into banking. He was also a Director and on the Board of a number of financial institutions. The Shotwell history is enthusiastically written in the "History of Union County New Jersey". [See the bio notes after the description.] The diary is a superb effort by Abel to detail his life; a largish 258 page 7¾ x 12 inch ledger was used and well filled beginning March 3rd, 1881 through August 11th, 1885. Able never missed a day and provides long detailed entries and fascinating events some of which he witnessed personally such as the May 30th 1883 opening of the Brooklyn Bridge as it is known today when a large crowd panicked thinking the bridge might collapse and 12 people were killed and over a hundred injured; a trip to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island, and Salem Massachusetts where he details many of the great historical artefacts he sees and what he learns about the Witch Trials, the awful death of his sister-in-law Margaret, President Garfield's death, elections, fires and explosions around town, town meetings concerning the debt of the town, a large flood, he also attends the trial of a woman who robbed his house, his near death overdose of medicine and much, much more. To add even further depth to this diary at each year's end summarizes all of the names of the folks who have passed away and who they were in the community and their relationship with him. Abel was a super diarist. Here is a snippet: "August 3rd, Clear. At 12:45 with R. and I left for Portland in New York. Got on board steamship Eleanor, Pier 38 and then found Jones and wife of Plainfield who had ticket for same berth that R. and I had when then Jones had to procure another berth. Also found on board Thomas Raynor and grandson of late Robert Amerson. On the passage R. and I and Mary became quite sick caused of the rolling of the ship, not a fast sailor." "August 4th, Reached Martha's Vineyard before 11 A.M. and rode across the island to Sea View House, a large one at which was a great many people with scarcely a chair to sit on except those in the dining room. The rooms are beautiful and smooth and very fine cottages with fine surroundings. A small R. Road (railroad) starts from this place and makes frequent trips along the shore and returns. The engine and cars are very small." "August 5th, left in forenoon for steamboat for Nantucket. Have fine passage and reached there about noon and went to the Sherburne House and found it a good but not showy place. Afternoon went to the museum and saw many curiosities and walked about the town. Fell in with the lady residing there who came from Staten Island and enquired after Dr. Drake." "August 7th, Called at a house to see Bric a brac and found the _____ to see the woman who sat in the galley by the name of Paddock. Went in cars to opposite side of the island and found good bathing beach and saw fishing boats land. Visited the Wine Mill built in 746 and saw it in operation. The owner said he'd run it generally in the winter and could grind 60 ___ ____ per day. Also visited the museum……" BIO NOTES: Abel Vail Shotwell was born October 18, 1814, in Rahway, New Jersey. His parents were Abel and Elizabeth (Vail) Shotwell. His father did an extensive business as a tanner, in Rahway. His mother was a native of Somerset County, New Jersey, and was the fifth in descent from Edward Fitz Randolph, a native of Nottinghamshire, England, who was born about 1617 and came to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1630. Edward Fitz Randolph was married May 10, 1637, to Elizabeth Blossom, born in Leyden, 1620, her parents having left England to escape persecution. They came to America the same year on the Mayflower. In 1830 he became a clerk in a mercantile house, and later began business on his own account, in church he was actively engaged until 1868. In 1868 he became connected with the Rahway Fire Insurance Company. He was for many years second vice-president of the Rahway Savings Bank, also secretary of the board of directors of the national Bank of Rahway and was for a long period director in the old Farmers and Mechanics Bank, of Rahway. In 1858, when Rahway became a city, he was chosen to represent the first ward in the city council. He was married November 2, 1859, to his second cousin, Rosetta Shotwell Ebert, of Hamilton, Ohio, granddaughter of Hugh Shotwell, formerly of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. On her father's side she was a great-granddaughter of Colonel Smyser, of York County Pennsylvania, an officer in the Revolutionary war. Colonel Smyser was a captain in Colonel Swope's regiment, and was captured at Fort Washington, on the Hudson, November 16, 1766. Mr. Shotwell died December 17, 1893." The covers are detached but present, there a couple of loose pages but all accounted for and otherwise overall better than Fair. 
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1862 - 1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A NEAR EPIC JOURNEY TO FIND WORK FROM MAINE TO MINNESOTA BY STEAMSHIP, STAGECOACH, TRAIN AND HIS OWN TWO FEET, ABIJAH W. TALBUT [sometimes TALBOT]
15 ABIJAH W. TALBUT [sometimes TALBOT] 1862 - 1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A NEAR EPIC JOURNEY TO FIND WORK FROM MAINE TO MINNESOTA BY STEAMSHIP, STAGECOACH, TRAIN AND HIS OWN TWO FEET
COLUMBIA FALLS MAINE ME ST. PAUL ST. ANTHONY FALLS 1862 Fair+ Manuscript 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is a super, original 1862 - 1871 manuscript diary handwritten by Abijah W. Talbut [sometimes Talbot] of Columbia Falls Maine who was a minor inventor and likely cranberry farmer as we note from one online reference: "… it was the rake developed by Abijah Talbot of Columbia Falls, Maine that became the standard for the industry. This rake was similar to those used for harvesting cranberries, but had metal teeth and a flat bottom like a dustpan. With only minor modifications it is still in use by many growers." The diary has 110+ pages of which most are financial and expense entries with some miscellaneous notes however historians, researchers and collectors of early East to West intra America travel will find a significant 34 page narrative section of a near epic 1867 trip from Columbia Falls Maine all the way to St. Paul Minnesota and somewhat beyond involving stage coaches, steamships and trains. He makes note that this is his first trip on a train. His also details his time on a Mississippi River steamboat, the Addie Johnson which had been built just three years prior. He takes a packet up the Mississippi all the way to St. Paul and then walked to St. Anthony's Falls. He then takes a stage to Princeton Minnesota where the joins a crew who is working on building a dam outside of town. They are camping in tents and this camp is called the Barrows Camp. He's only in camp a few months (very brief entries of life in camp) and then decides to head back home. There are a several more sporadic diary entries of life in Maine dotted through the expense pages and while Abijah writes in a naïve format his diary makes for a fascinating read. Here are some snippets: 1867 "New Wharf. Left Mill (Milbridge Maine?) Oct. 14th, 9 A.M. Clear with smart breeze. Touched at lower wharf. 11 A.M. sick. 11:30 touched at L. W. got tickets through to Boston. Bought first to Rockland then to Boston. Touched at Pedgoria (?) 1:45 P.M. Touched at Deer isle 2:05 P.M. left Castine 3:15 P.M. Since left S. W. Harbor (Southwest Harbor Maine) has been very smooth. Have not been sick. At Rockland 5:15 P. M. Waited until 7:40 before the Cambridge arrived so to change passengers. Left Rockland 8:40 evening. The Cambridge came near loosing a passenger cause of being late. They are now driving the Richmond. Good to make time. At 9 o'clock turned in, soon after passing out headlight. Slept nicely all night. Woke up, found myself in Portland. Cruise about took breakfast at Kenn (?) saloon. Shaved, walked and run about till half past 8. Took cars for Boston. Started 8:45 traveling for 1st time by rail. Passing 16 ash stacks. Thick as cocks…….North Berwic, smart looking place. At Berwic Junction passed trains at 11 o'clock. Salmon Falls, a splendid place mostly brick buildings. Next change for good. Falls next. Stop at Dover. Splendid place from Salmon Falls to Dover, nice looking farm houses and farms. Durham short. Running 24 per hour…." [New Market, Exeter where they stop for refreshments, East Kingston, Newton, Atkinson, Haverhill, Bradford, North Andover, Lawrence and more.] "Tuesday October 15th, Left Boston at 2:30 P.M. for the west. 1st at Framingham, 2nd, West Brookfield. 11 o'clock P. M. Albany, left Springfield at dark and could not note stations. Wednesday Oct. 16, waiting at Syracuse for train to suspension bridge. Traveled all night. Port Byron a small station. The scenery from Syracuse has been delightful, level country, good farms but small house. From Fort Byron land more uneven, larger houses…" "Lockport waiting at the suspension bridge for dinner. After dinner train started and crossed the great suspension bridge very slow. We had a fine view of this stupendous work. It is impossible for me to describe or give the least idea. Also had glimpse of Niagara Falls as the majestic waters falls to the casom below. Across on Canada side waiting for passengers….." (Dundas, Harrisburg, Paris) "I noticed that since entering Canada our lady passengers are not so partial to waterfalls nor the latest style hat. Here we have the fashions of several seasons." (Princeton, Ingersoll, London. Detroit, Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Jackson City, Grass Lake, Marshal, Battle Creek, Galesburg, Kalamazoo, Niles, Chicago. Milwaukee, La Cross, Watertown, Lowell, Columbia, Fall River, Otsego) "Saturday Oct. 19th, On board packet Addie Johnston bound for Minneapolis. Arrived at LaX (I'm sure he means La Crosse). Took packet ran 9 miles stopped on account of fog till morning. We started, ran into a boat towing lot of barges. Injured one of barges. Our boat and the Phil Sheridan (a side wheel boat) are trying titles as to speed. Ours is a stern wheel. The Sheridan has 2 many wheels for our Addie. The country along great Mississippi is splendid. The river is comprised of a regular succession of crooks. There R many small settlements along its banks but the most prominent feature is the bluffs which rise from the water 2 a great height and reside suddenly back of these I am told the country is a beautiful prairie. I saw a number of rafts of lumber going down river with houses built on them. Touched at Winona, a smart place 25 miles above LaX. This town is cituated on a level plain between the river and bluffs the water is kept from overflowing by levee or dyke as we call it. City Mountain composed of small houses stuck on to the side of a bluff. Took dinner on board. Had a nice one….."(Minnewaska, Wabasha Landing, Reed Landing, Lake City.) "Sunday Oct. 20th, Still on board Packet plowing up the Mississippi. The river is very low. Reefs and sand banks are to be seen on every side and very often the boat is running in 3 ft. of water. The Addie Johnston is a fine boat of 315 tons. Gentlemanly Captain and officers. They furnish us vittles on the boat free and no better gents can be wished. We are now passing where the banks are not so bold but spread out into broad bottom lands covered with heavy growth of Elm Hickory and Cottonwood….." "Just below St. Paul passed 2 boats aground. Arrived at St. Paul Sunday at 11 o'clock as there was no conveyance we started to walk up. Arrived at St. Anthony at 3 P.M. I walked around and found Mr. Skinner on Minneapolis side a mile from the city." "October 21st, Been running around all day after my trunk. It came at last on the 6 o'clock train from St. Paul. Am boarding with Mr. Plummer. Commenced today. Talked with lumber men but could not get much of a right. A fellow in St. Paul jerked 50 cents out of me by promising to send my trunk by morning train and did not do it." "Wednesday Oct. 22nd. 2:25 P.M. At Anoka a waiting for cars to Minneapolis. Have been up river 18 miles to look at a farm have not decided to purchase the price of that piece is 10 per acre…." "October 26th, Been loafing up town. Have hired with Mr. Barrows. Have been digging potatoes two days for Mr. Loverins. Loafed until the 30 started for woods. Took cars to Elk River and stopped for dinner then took stage to Princeton where we stop over night. Next morning started, drove 12 miles, camped, had hunt for hay, found none. Next morning started, arrived at the spot where we are to build the dam and prepared for camping. Sat. Nov. 2nd, commenced on dam. Dug trenches, put in 2 bed pieces. Sat. night snowed. Camping in tents…" "January 21st, Discharged last night, going out to Princeton today thence home. Took dinner at Mayo's ½ way camp. Stopped over night at Princeton. Wednesday 22nd, at Mr. Plummer's. Started this morning from Princeton, took stage to Elk River. Was a little seasick ridin in the prairie schooner. Took cars to Minneapolis then came out here where I arrived at 2 P.M." He finally reaches Bangor and boards a stage arriving home February 6th. The 3 x 6 inch book is in rough shape being worn and the pages have some smudging but overall better than Fair. 
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16 ABRAHAM CALDWELL and FAMILY 1867 - 1900 ARCHIVE OF FIVE [5] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES BELONGING TO THE ABRAHAM CALDWELL FAMILY OF IPSWICH MASSACHUSETTS
IPSWICH MASSACHUSETTS MA 1867 Good Manuscript 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall 
On offer are five handwritten manuscript journals all having belonged to the Caldwell family who lived in Massachusetts, [one of the diaries, 1870, has the name Ezra S. Vieyes written in it. A casual reading does not determine where Ezra fits in with the Caldwell family but a more detailed reading will hopefully flesh out the relationship.] Two of the diaries have the name of the family scion being Abraham Caldwell, of Ipswich Massachusetts. Other towns mentioned include Westminster, Fitchburg, Northborough and Worcester. The diaries represent the years 1867 (full of entries), 1870 (a quarter full), 1875 (a half filled), 1887 (fully written) and the 1890's. Though not all fully written and the entries suggest illiterate writers these diaries represent a true piece of Americana with a treasure trove of local historical detail and genealogical information. For the medical collector there is an interesting thread running throughout - Mr. Caldwell is quite aged and he catalogues his daily ailments certainly a medical professional may assess his health from his writings. Here are some snippets: 1867 - "February 26th, Went to examination. Lizzie Rawson teach good." "March 4th, Went to town meeting. Another trial of Shemp, decided as it should be." "May 10th, Surveyed road to town, distance of about 2 ¾ miles 15 ft." "June 17th, Golden wedding, 75-100 people persons present." "September 13th, Took Templers Degrees. Went to town to lecture. Carried B.M. Balch." "October 13th, On euqaduct to town meeting for roads. Was chosen on committee." 1887 "January 9th, 7 Below. Very cold. Snow flakes flying all day. Ben out very little today. Louitah Lord, little more comfortable but very sick." "February 9th, Sick all day. From Salem paper I see Mr. Joseph Pusfer died in Salem, Oct. 19th, 1886. Born July 18th, 1798." "March 14th, Today I hav made a grait mistak in being two positive when in fact I was rong. My mind is faking me." "June 22nd and 23rd, Stage coach below belonged to Appleton farm…. Boiled out sink, cess pool very hard job. Had nummness in my arm and shoulder. Stage coach passed to day for Salem." "July 25th, Hot and sultry. A young lady came to Mrs. Batysons. Sang for House Benefit." "August 9th, Went marsh with North Harris and Negro. Went to Beverly. Stayed at Edwards over night." "August 21st, Fine and pleasant. John Billy's mother and sister here. Conrad G to made round Cape Ann." "October 6th, Tryed to make some wine. Caried my grapes to Capt. Wilcomb and he pressed them for me." "October 19th, Finished pounding the beans then went to Georgetown. Went in to Noisas Shoe factory. Was kindly received and shown from basement up. Felt interest and enjoyed it muh." "December 14th, Very warm and Pleasant. Went over to south side river to Mrs. Dolls with Edy B. Escamined his stock." "December 16th, Cooler. Gave notice to Mrs. Campbell that I should want the tenement she now ocupies for my own use the first of April next." "December 19th, Mrs. Smith at the Invenational House, left and fell and broke both arms. Slippery this morn. Bought turkey of Perkins." The 1893-1900 journal in the lot is a handwritten financial journal which has about 100 pages of expense type entries. I believe most of the entries have to do with rentals and money collected for the rentals. This journal has the name John Caldwell written on the inside. The front cover has fallen off of this journal and some of the pages are torn. The first 20 pages have also been torn out and are not accounted for. Overall G+. 
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17 ABRAHAM JOHN HILLSDON 1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF NORTH OXFORD COUNTY ONTARIO FINANCE AND COMMERCE HANDWRITTEN BY THE COUNTY TREASURER
NORTH OXFORD COUNTY ON EAST NISSOURI WOODSTOCK 1886 Fair+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an interesting, original later 19th Century Municipal Record book from North Oxford, Ontario dated 1886-87. Titled: Township of North Oxford, Debenture Accounts, Henderson Creek Drain under By Law No. 176. 1886 & 1887. The treasurer is an Abraham John Hillsdon, and the accounts are written in his hand ~ lists of income received and expenditures for this Henderson Creek Drain project in 1887. There are 29 written pages, starting in 1887, with the last entry in 1895. They are sporadic in the book, some at the front, some in the middle, and some right at the end of the book with blank pages in between. There is a small glued in handwritten receipt: 'Received from Mr. Hillsdon Treasurer of North Oxford the Sum of Five dollars and Seventy three cents ~ East Nissouri Township's share of the refund on the Henderson Creek Drain" signed David Lawrence Treasurer East Nissori'. Many names in this book, a very interesting piece of south western Ontario history. The back of the book has several pages on the Gravel Account for 1894; Reports from Each Pathmaster of the Gravel Used in their Division; lists of names, numbers of loads and pit locations. There is also a copy of By-Law # 176 for the year 1886 inserted ~ By-Law to provide for draining of parts of the first, second and third concessions of the Township of North Oxford, and for borrowing, on the credit of the Municipality the sum of one thousand nine hundred and fifteen dollars for completing the same. Provisionally adopted the twentieth day of October, A.D. 1886. Also, there is a worn copy of the Seventh Annual Report for the Agricultural Mutual Assurance Association of Canada tucked in. The book itself is in fair shape having a cracked hinge, some loose pages and some chipping but overall Fair+. 
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18 ABRAHAM LINCOLN SECRETARY 1861 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN ON STATIONARY ADDRESSED FROM THE "EXECUTIVE MANSION"
Washington DC 1861 Very Good Manuscript 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
On offer is a very mysterious, enigmatic, perhaps incomplete as it is an unsigned, letter dated July 12, 1861 from the Executive Mansion. As evidenced on the first page in the hand of an old archivist or perhaps auction house this letter is written "During Lincoln's administration the man writing this was Lincoln's Secretary." This would have been written within months of Lincoln taking the Presidential office and moving into the White House. Lincoln had several secretaries including Hay, Nicolay, Stoddard and others. This letter we safely assume must have been written by one of them. This is a 4 page letter begins with "My Dear Child" but the recipient is also unidentified. There is mention in the letter of Clara Matteson and a gentleman named Charlie. Research suggests that Ms. Matteson is the daughter of Joel A. Matteson was Governor of Illinois. The letter is a very personal missive with the writer alluding to an intimacy with recipient and that she has reacted badly to information from outside sources: My Dear Child: What shall I do with you? How long will it be before you learn to trust your best friends quietly and not torture yourself and them with all kinds of strange surmises and fancies! I wish you could understand once and for all that I am your friend and cannot by any human possibility be otherwise...When every pleasant day I have spent at home for many years has been made pleasant by you; when the only house, besides my mother's, where I felt that I was welcome, has been your mother's...As to Clara Matteson, I own to a little surprise. I like her very much. My acquaintance with her, though very slight, convinced me that she was of a sweet and amiable disposition. I have many times spoken about you to her. She has often expressed a desire to know you....But you say you have never seen Clara. I am not responsible for what Clara's dear friends, say, nor is she." Lastly is an after-thought note in the upper left corner of the first page reads: "If you gave Charlie ammunition to have hit ___ then you are the one to blame not P." VG. 
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19 ACHILLE FOULD, MINISTER OF FINANCE and NAPOLEON III 1851 SUPERB - BULLETIN DES LOIS DE LA REPUBLIQUE DE FRANCE No 434 - "DECRET RELATIF AUX PRIMES POUR LA PECHE DE LA BALEINE OU DU CACHALOT"
France 1851 Very Fine Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Very fresh, superb, Napoleon III document signed in print by the Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. Very fine with only the hint of age spots. This bulletin is dedicated to the rules of whaling and as such VERY SCARCE. 
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20 ADAMS FAMILY [?] 1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER DETAILING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THIS 87 YEAR OLD MAN WHEN HE LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1791
Baltimore, Maryland MD 1863 Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a fascinating, historic, original manuscript letter written by an unknown elderly Baltimore man and likely a member of the Adams family and related to Thomas Boylston Adams (September 15, 1772 - March 13, 1832), the third and youngest son of John and Abigail (Smith) Adams in response to a request he write of his life and times in New York City. [The letter was part of a greater group from the Thomas Boylston Adams papers.] The writer relates what an active, involved and intelligent teenager and young man experienced in the heady historic days of New York City from 1791 to the turn of the Century. The author gives a real person's view of the French Revolution from the American perspective, the feeling of the 'street' to Jacobin views and much more of the politics of the era. The 87 year old man begins "You wish me to communicate for publication such facts and information in regard to Men and things in the City & State of New York, as I may, from my residence in that City have been connected with, or acquired a knowledge of, in the early period of my long life." It goes on, in part: "Having an ardent desire to see General Washington, I soon found my way to Cherry Steer and the Franklin House, near Pearl Street, where he resided..." "It was I think in 1793, or certainly soon after, that Francis who had been General Washington's Steward, established on or near the Battery his celebrated Ice Cream & Cake house, probably the first public house of its kind in the United States." "In his speech at the opening of Congress, 1795, the President, General Washington..[said] "Government founded upon the genuine principles of rational liberty and with mild and wholesome laws, was it too much to say that our Country exhibited a spectacle of National Happiness never surpassed, if ever before equalled." Dated Baltimore, March 1863, 15 pages on 15 leaves, recto side only, 8vo, 25 x 21 cm. VG. 
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