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1894 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARY AUTHORED BY AMOS SMITH, A FARMER AND A VETERAN OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG FROM ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON

By: AMOS SMITH

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON, 1894

Seller ID: 0008060

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten diary documenting a year in life of a strawberry farmer and Civil War veteran, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Independent Order of Old Fellows from Kittitas county, which gives an excellent insight on what life was like in rural Washington in 1890s. The diary has about 90 pages, all of which except two are densely filled, covering February 1st through December 31st, 1894, 4-5 entries on each page. The cover has reasonable wear, and the pages are slightly yellowed. The handwriting is very legible. The diary measures 5'5x11'5 inch. There is no au... View more info

1892 - 1897 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTED KANSAS NEWSPAPERMAN

By: ANDREW C. WALCH

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: MANKATO MANAWA KANSAS KS SEYMOUR WISCONSIN WI, 1892

Seller ID: 0001335

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an archive of six [6] original manuscript diaries handwritten by Andrew C. Walch a newspaper man who worked mostly in Mankato Kansas in the 1890s. The diaries represent 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1897. The early diary begins with Andrew living in Seymour Wisconsin, in the fall he moves to Mankato Kansas. The next four diaries, 1893-1896 show him still in Mankato and finally in the 1897 diary he's in Manawa Wisconsin. Andrew is an unstinting diarist rarely failing to write and all the diaries are full save for 1897 which is about ¼ full. Historians and collectors of late 19t... View more info

1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE DAUGHTER OF A NOTED QUAKER MINISTER IN CHESTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA DETAILING THE LIFE, TIMES AND SADLY THE ONCOMING DEATH OF HER MOTHER

By: ANN P. SHARPLES

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: CHESTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA DARBY BIRMINGHAM PA, 1883

Seller ID: 0002024

Condition: Good


On offer is a super late 19th Century manuscript relic of life and times in the Quaker community in Chester County Pennsylvania being an original 1883 diary handwritten by Ann P. Sharples who was a Quaker and was the daughter-in-law of Ann P. Jackson a noted Quaker minister of Darby and Birmingham Pennsylvania. This diary was kept by Ann P. Sharples while in West Chester at 37 years of age taking care of her dying mother. The diary illuminates the difficulty of an ill person, especially a beloved parent as is the case in this moving diary and all the moreso given Ann's mother is ill until her ... View more info

1859 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY BY AN OBSERVANT YOUNG WESTERN NEW YORK STATE WOMAN - A TREASURE FOR GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORY OF TOMPKINS COUNTY

By: Anna Hollister

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: Tompkins County New York State, 1859

Seller ID: 000719

Condition: Good


On offer is the handwritten manuscript diary of the young Anna Hollister of Tompkins County New York. Last four days of December missing, otherwise complete and densely written. Miss Hollister provides interesting reading giving accounts of day to day living in pre-Civil War New York State. An excellent diarist Anna provides details of positive and negative accounts of the town's people and family in her circle. In one passage Anna mentions going to a funeral - "An instance of the sad effect of a depraved and indulgent appetite." Another passage discussing the relations of a particular... View more info

1894 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE BRIDE TO BE IN AN INTERESTING DECEMBER - MAY MARRIAGE

By: ANNIE C. MEAD

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: CHATHAM NEW YORK NY, 1894

Seller ID: 0001696

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, manuscript diary and fascinating late 19th Century look at love and relationships and most interestingly a May-December pairing of 33 year old Annie C. Mead [b. 1861] of Chatham New York to 21 year old Sherman [b.1873]. Handwritten by the bride in 1894 we learn that Annie marries Sherman [an undertaker as per the 1930 census] on March 14th of 1894. She writes every day from January 1st to October 8th with only 14 days missed between those months. After October 8th the diary has no entries other then in the back memoranda where she's filled out two pages showing what th... View more info

1870 EUROPEAN TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY ANNIE F. TOWLE

By: ANNIE F. TOWLE

Price: $959.99

Publisher: SS WISCONSIN, 1870

Seller ID: 00009b

Condition: Good+


Wonderful antique travel journal / diary commences July 1870 through June 1871. Travels around Europe. Set sail from USA to England aboard the Steamer Wisconsin. This Journal was written by 37 years old Annie F. Towle while she was living and traveling in Europe. She is a very observant person and writes vivid descriptions. She also includes a small variety of plant samples gathered along her travels. This journal, written in mostly black ink, is a wonderful glimpse into the past from a gifted observer. A RARE 8.5" x 7" Journal of 100 plus pages. ; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾... View more info

1885 LIFE OF A BRATTLEBORO VERMONT SOCIALITE HANDWRITTEN DIARY

By: ANONYMOUS BRATTLEBORO VERMONT SOCIALITE

Price: $989.99

Publisher: Brattleboro Vermont VT, 1885

Seller ID: 000015b

Condition: Good+


A wonderful, hand written diary written in 1895 by a very social woman in Brattleboro, Vermont. It would appear that the writer, unfortunately unnamed in the diary, was either the wife of a Church Minister or the Church's Goodwill Ambassador, as she spent nearly every day visiting and calling on Church members, sometimes 8 or 10 in a single day. She names dozens and dozens of Brattleboro residents that she visited in her Diary, often she brought baked goods or hand made articles of clothing to people. She also wrote much about the local Y.M.C.A., the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and oth... View more info

1893 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF TWO [2] JOURNALS DETAILING LIFE AND DUTIES ABOARD A CABLE LAYING SHIP PLYING THE MEDITERRANEAN

By: ANTON HUGH SYREE, M.R.C.S., L.S.A.

Price: $3,385.99

Publisher: C.S. ELECTRA et al, 1893

Seller ID: 0001444

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting pair of 1893 and 1895 manuscript journals handwritten by Anton Hugh Syree, Syree (1859-1924), M.R.C.S., L.S.A., surgeon on two cable laying ships (the `Electra` and another unnamed), describing his activities while plying the Mediterranean from home base in England then from Portugal, Gibraltar, Malta, Bona, Greece, Alexandria and more. The diaries consist of short, businesslike entries, describing Syree's duties (not onerous), the ship's activities (repairing and testing cable), leisure activities (shooting in Egypt, bicycling, sightseeing, cricket, poker), socialis... View more info

1880 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DOUBLE TRIP TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMING, VERY WELL WRITTEN YOUNG BOSTON MAN IN MAINE

By: ARTHUR BLACKMAN

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: FORT POINT PORT KITTERY MAINE ME, 1880

Seller ID: 0001597

Condition: Good


On offer is an amazing, original manuscript travel journal handwritten by Arthur Blackman a young Boston man who took a trip to Fort Point Maine in the summer of 1880 and then another trip to Kittery Point Maine in 1881. The young Mr. Blackman, research suggests he may have been born in 1861, is staying at the very historical hotel called "Fort Point Hotel". Not only does he write an exciting journal about life at the hotel [he writes about a man coming off the steamer who had "Swamp Fever"] but also swimming, boating, saluting steamers and schooners on the bay, evening enterta... View more info

1863 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARY WRITTEN BY A HARDWORKING MAINE MAN THAT BATTLES TO JOIN THE FIGHT

By: ARTHUR NOBLE MOULTON

Price: $2,945.99

Publisher: GREENE MAINE, 1863

Seller ID: 000824

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting original handwritten Civil War era pocket diary kept by Arthur Noble Moulton of Greene, Maine, who served in the U. S. Navy during the Civil War. The diary contains entries beginning in January 1863 through September 1864, with later entries for January 1866 ending December of that year. Research finds that Arthur was born in 1843 to Joel and Elizabeth Moulton. He died at age 32 in 1875, and is buried in Peare Cemetery in Greene, Maine. Though small in format, 3 x 4 inches, there is a remarkable amount of content on the fully written pages and most uniquely this is ... View more info

1886 - 1889 ORIGINAL DIARY OF MULTIPLE TOURS AND TRIPS MOSTLY FOR BOTANICAL STUDY OF THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE ALPS IN SWITZERLAND, ITALY AND THE DOLOMITES, NORWAY, BERLIN AND DRESDEN

By: B.B. LE TALL

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: FLORENCE, NAPLES, DRESDEN, BERLIN, NORWAY,, 1886

Seller ID: 0001223

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super original 1886 manuscript travel diary handwritten by Mr. B.B. Le Tall an Englishman and an important railway engineer and surveyor [we list separately his travels to the Levant and a Railroad engineering journal of his work in Australia] writes a superbly detailed and comprehensive book of his travels to Italy, Switzerland, Tyrol, Dolomites, Riviera, Norway, Berlin, Dresden +++. Over 300 pages Mr. Le Tall writes an unparalleled journal beginning June 1886 as he travels through Europe to study the flora and fauna of the Alps [research finds that Le Tall was a botanist and wa... View more info

1866 - 1867 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY/JOURNAL/NOTEBOOK OF A SUCCESSFUL KINSMAN OHIO BUSINESSMAN

By: B.H. PEABODY

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: KINSMAN OHIO OH TRUMBULL COUNTY, 1866

Seller ID: 000744

Condition: Good


On offer is the handwritten manuscript diary and journal of B. H. Peabody of Kinsman Ohio. Mr. Peabody is a farmer and entrepreneur who, in this ledger style book, records his daily business dealings, visits, local events and the economics of the day. Beginning January 1st of 1866 he continues over 93 numbered pages until November 8th, 1867. There is a break between November 1st and December 31st 1866. A very, very hard working and obviously successful businessman, Mr. Peabody is also very pious, as is evidenced in his comments of the day - at one point he mentions preaching the funeral servic... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 38 DIARIES 1890s THROUGH 1930s HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES, JOURNALS, LEDGERS AND NOTEBOOKS OF FRED P. BAILEY OF CHARLESTOWN NEW HAMPSHIRE

By: Bailey, Fred P.

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: Charlestown, New Hampshire, 1890

Seller ID: 000057

Condition: Good+


Fred Bailey's life history is detailed in this lot of 25 diaries along with 13 notebooks/account books/ledgers, which appear to be kept by the same man, and date from 1903 - 1928 (1916 is missing). He did not write his name down in any of the books, but research finds that these were all kept by Fred P. Bailey of Charlestown, NH. He was a farmer, who got married during the course of these diaries and had a son George. He talks of the usual things such as the weather and chores, and also talks of family, social engagements and visiting Walpole, NH and B. Falls (Bellows Falls, VT). The notebooks... View more info

1899 - 1900 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY BY A MISSIONARY TRAVELLING FROM LONDON TO BORNEO TO BRING CHRISTIANITY TO THE NATIVES FACING STRIFE AND DIFFICULTY THROUGHOUT

By: BEN D. BEELEY

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: LONDON, ENGLAND to KUCHING, SARAWAK, BORNEO, 1899

Seller ID: 0009160

Condition: Good +


On offer is a fascinating diary of an English gentleman by the name of Ben D. Beeley from England who at the very end of the 19th Century travels from London to Borneo to function as a missionary to the local population there. The 1899 New Year begins with a short entry by Beeley: “I commenced the New Year in all Saints Church. O’ Lord help me to serve Thee with true devotion in my life as a missionary in Borneo.” In February, He sail’s aboard steamship from London heading to Singapore. The day before he says his goodbyes: “The saddest day in my life,” he remarks. “I left home th... View more info

1895 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL AND SCRAPBOOK WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY THE MAN AND ONE TIME NAVAL ACADEMY STUDENT WHO PULLED PRESIDENT GRANT'S COATTAILS

By: BENJAMIN W. PARKER

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BOSTON TO CHICAGO TO WASHINGTON DC, 1895

Seller ID: 0001804

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating part journal and part scrapbook of a 3000 mile trip written and compiled by Benjamin W. Parker for his wife in 1895. Invited to accompany a friend on an extensive business trip, Parker, his wife and mother travel mostly by train starting in Boston to Chicago and the mid west and through to Washington DC. Parker creates what iss meant to be a memory album for his wife to cherish in future years. Typed on onion skin, tipped in with ephemera throughout the depth and breadth of the journal is wonderful providing a lovely perspective of America through this interesting man... View more info

1847 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT INTRACONTINENTAL TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN TRAVELING FROM NORWICH TO NEW YORK TO CLEVELAND TO PHILADELPHIA TO NEW YORK ALL BY THE CANAL NETWORK ESTABLISHED IN THE PRIOR 20 YEARS

By: BETSY ALLEN

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: NORWICH CONNECTICUT INTRA CONTINENTAL USA, 1847

Seller ID: 0008168

Condition: Good


On offer is a rare, handmade travel journal dating from early 19th century America. The paper volume is composed of 16 pages hand stitched inside a heavier paper cover. The small volume is in good condition and all pages are intact. There is some discolouration due to age but it does not affect the handwriting. The volume measures 6.5 inches by 4.25 inches and is approximately 50% complete. The journal is written in 1847 by a woman named Betsy Allen. Her home is recorded as Norwich which could refer to Norwich CT as her journey begins by travelling to New York City. Allen travelled in a great ... View more info

1889 ORIGINAL, DETAILED HANDWRITTEN DIARY AUTHORED BY NOAH BLOUGH, A PROSPEROUS FARMER FROM MORRISON COVE AREA IN PENNSYLVANIA, DOCUMENTING HIS DAY-TO-DAY LIFE, AND CONTAINING DESCRIPTION OF SEVERE 1889 WINTER AND OF THE DISASTROUS JOHNSTOWN FLOOD

By: BLOUGH, NOAH

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, 1889

Seller ID: 0008015

Condition: Good +


On offer is a detailed diary, authored by a farmer from Bedford County, Pennsylvania, that covers the whole year of 1889 and January 1890, an entry made for each day. Noah Blough (1835 - 1896?), whose ancestors arrived to the U.S. in the mid-18th century from Switzerland, was a prosperous farmer who moved to the Morrison Cove area from the Somerset County in 1870s. At the time the diary was written he lived with his second wife and three children: Maggie, Orlo and Charles, all of them are often mentioned in the diary. The family belonged to the Seventh Day Baptists Church, of which Noah was an... View more info

1855 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG TORTURED AND TORMENTED STUDENT OF RELIGION BESEECHING HIS GOD TO SAVE HIM FROM HIS ENEMY - THE DEVILS TEMPTATION

By: BOYNTON, MILO S.

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: RODMAN FAIRFIELD NEW YORK, 1855

Seller ID: 0001619

Condition: Good


On offer is an extraordinary, intimate 1855 manuscript diary handwritten by a tortured 22 year old student, Milo S. Boynton of Rodman New York, attending Fairfield Collegiate Institute studying the Sciences of Mental Philosophy, Geometry and Grammer. Milo fills his notebook style diary and relates in detail the torment that runs through his body and soul. He rarely sleeps beyond 4:00 am and sometimes awakes at 3:00 am. While never directly admitting or using the word homosexual he shares enough of his fears and temptations that there seems little doubt what is tearing him apart. Masterbation a... View more info

1822 ORIGINAL PRINTED NEW YORK STATE AGRICULTURAL ALMANAC WITH OVER 45 PAGES OF HANDWRITTEN ENTRIES FROM AN ALBANY MAN DETAILING HIS LIFE AND TIMES AS A LANDLORD AND CHURCH GOER

By: C. COTTON

Price: $2,545.99

Publisher: ALBANY, NEW YORK NY, 1822

Seller ID: 0009173

Condition: Good +


On offer is a fascinating and fantastic 1822 New York State Agricultural Almanac. The front cover contains its defining information: "The State of New-York Agricultural Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1822. Being the second after Bissextile or Leap Year; and (until July 4th) the Forty-Sixth of American Independence. Calculated for the Horizon and Meridian of Albany -North Latitude 42 degrees 45 minutes - from the English Observatory 73 degrees and 30 minutes west. By S. Southwick. Albany. Sold by Daniel Steele, No. 472 South Market-street. Packard & Van Benthuysen, Printers.” The alman... View more info

1886 - 1890 WISCONSIN WEATHER DIARY LA CROSSE WI BIRDING BIRD NOTES

By: C. E. DAWSON

Price: $459.99

Publisher: LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN, 1886

Seller ID: 000046

Condition: Good


NOTEBOOK WITH DAILY WEATHER RECORD 1886 - 1890. Inside the front cover is written "C E Dawson, 1886 From Youre Mother". I know from the other materials that this notebook was with, that the young man was keeping the weather record in the immediate La Crosse Wisconsin area. In addition to the weather he also recorded events such as "First Bluebird and robin." FASCINATING RECORD. View more info