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1 JOSEPH DU FOUR A NEW IMMIGRANT TO RACINE WISCONSIN: A BLACKSMITH'S ORIGINAL 1857 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF PERSONAL AND BUSINESS FINANCIAL DEALINGS CHARMINGLY DETAILED WITH A WEALTH OF LOCAL HISTORY
RACINE WISCONSIN by way of the ISLAND OF GUERNSEY 1857 Decorative Cloth Very Good 
"In the month of March 1857 I was advised by my friends to buy a lot and build a house, what I did, I bought a lot on Barnstable Street from Mr I. M. James, for the sum of three hundred fifty dollars payable $50 cash, and the balance in two years at the rate of 12 percent interest, and as I had no money for building a house, I was obliged to borrow fifty dollars from Mr James Langlois at 10 percent, and sixty from Mr John Langlois……." So begins this fascinating mid 19th century financial diary and journal of account of money owed and money earned - but so much more given the personality of the writer! This 7 ¼" x 6" account book was written and kept by Joseph Du Four, a blacksmith by trade who was born in 1836 on the Island of Guernsey, and who came to America in 1854, finally settling in Racine, Wisconsin on November 26, 1855. (ref: History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church-Racine Wisconsin; by E W Leach. 1912) Joseph borrowed and earned money from many different people, (some of them well known in local history), during the 6 years covered in this book (1857-1861). Among those listed are: James Langlois, John Langlois, Mr Bradley, Mr Hood, Mr Pugh, Pendleton, Boutwell, Turbush, Gallienne, James Graham, Peter Nelson, John Lunn, Lawrence, Paul and Peter Du Four, John Robilliard, J G Williams, Osborne Osgood. He did blacksmith work for: Tomlinson, Hurlbut, Osbourne, Peirce, Blake, Fountain, Doolitte, Bay, W L Utley, Millet, Griffiths, Phelps, Morgan, Conroe, Hart etc. There are several pages of expenses, where he lists items purchased along with prices. He suffered from "piles" as he bought "one bottle of Dr Libbys Pile Ointment" for $1.00. Thirty nine of the pages are written on (the others are blank). The blank front free endpaper reads: "Memoranda 1857" and contains the ornate signature of Joseph Du Four with flourishes. The verso of that page reads: "Racine Wisconsin" and the next blank endpaper contains a doodle in fountain pen of a pair of birds. Marbled boards and black leather spine. Tight very good condition throughout. "All this do I owe and have nothing to pay it except the hope that God will bless my labours and that by little and little, I shall be able to pay it". VG. 
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2 JOSEPH A. DU FOUR c1900s ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE DETAILING A PENNSYLVANIA MAN'S WAR EXPERIENCES IN SOUTH AFRICA'S BOER WAR AND WORLD WAR I
SOUTH AFRICA, PENNSYLVANIA PA 1900 Very Good Autograph
Excellent archive of handwritten correspondence for Joseph A.du Four, spanning the early 1900s through World War I, 30 items in all tells of his battles in Germany in World War I, his medical release from the front. Du Four was in two wars in short amount of time relating how when he put on his blue uniform that it had been awhile since he put it on. The archive includes the handwritten letters, what covers there are, photograph cabinet card of him in his early years. Snippets and details include; how even though he was almost 60 when he was in South Africa he wants to continue having a crack at the square headed Germans again! It is his second war with the red flag…writing from H.A. Camp. His enlistment with the Rand Light Infantry writing to family back in Pennsylvania from Africa...he is one of the few that has gotten his Queen Victoria medal; ghow he was in the Boer War as a gunner in heavy artillery in Cape Town; writes of the Lusitania; the dirty work they pulled [the Germans] sunk that ship; he about the 'd-bombs' from the sky...and some of our boys are under the ground because of their work. There are also letters of him from Stellen Bosch, South Africa. He also notes how he used to wear the blue uniform in Pennsylvania; how he has been up in the French Congo; a Capt. Russell is mentioned; writes of the surrender of the Boer general; writes of the red coats of the King of England fighting from the front for him. Much more including letters from Greylingstad in 1909. 
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