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1 HORACE G. CHASE 1844 HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF A 17 YEAR OLD BOSTON BOY DETAILING THE LIFE OF YOUNG MAN AND THE POLITICS OF THE DAY
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1844 Good English 
On offer is an original 1844 manuscript diary handwritten by Horace G. Chase of Boston Massachusetts. Mr. Chase is 16 years old when he starts detailing his daily life on July 2nd turning 17 only six days later on the 9th. In a half ream, 22 leaves, 'Quarto Post' purchased in New Hampshire, Chase writes densely even using the rear endpaper his observations, travels and opinions. Horace keeps his sailboat at Liverpool Wharf and in one of his early entries proves himself to be a charming fellow for the most part given how eruditely he writes of being thankful for a very fine and pleasant day that could only have been made more pleasant if he had the company of his parents. Another time he notes after a rough day: "Three cheers for home." Later on another side of his character is revealed: "The Democrat boys and the coon boys had their grand torch light procession. I saw the Whigs and they looked…reaching the whole length of Tremont St almost. They had quite a skirmish with some rowdys." Horace relishes the politics of the day and 1844 was eventful but as with any hard working teenager of the time he works in the shop, eats a lot of ice cream, walks with his friends Enoch and John, visits Colonel and Mrs. Chase [uncle and aunt perhaps] and spends a fair bit of time at the Library with his friends. Horace rarely fails to mention visitors and place names throughout including John Kieth, Captain Green, Dr. Savony, S. Stinson, Mr. Jenney plus many, many more. The diary ends when he is reunited with his Father and brother Charley on December 23rd at Concord. Save for some staing to the cover and a few pages the book is overall G+. 
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