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1848 + 1856 + 1857 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF PRE CIVIL WAR LIFE IN PIONEER INDIANA INCLUDING AN EIGHT YEAR VOYAGE TO THE CARIBBEAN TO CURE TUBERCULOSIS

By: W.H. STONEMAN

Price: $4,495.99

Publisher: Indianapolis, Indiana IN, 1848

Seller ID: 000616

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


Very interesting early Indiana archive of three [3] diaries being the handwritten diaries and private thoughts of W.H. STONEMAN, Indianapolis, Indiana. The diaries date 1848, 1856 and 1857. Mr. Stoneman is 26 yrs old in 1848 and in bad health with tuberculosis [TB] goes to the Caribbean (Antigua, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Bermuda, Barbados) for the healing climate. He relates his health symptoms, daily life and weather, spiritual strength, and subsequent recovery returning to Indianapolis in 1856. He has used the 1848 book for some later entries, [the latest being 1866 where he gives praise for ... View more info

1891 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN OTTAWA CANADA STUDENT: A GIFT BOOK WITH THE THREAT 'WRITE EVERYDAY OR I WILL POUND YOU OUT'

By: WALTER B. MARTIN

Price: $1,495.99

Publisher: OTTAWA, CANADA, 1891

Seller ID: 0002147

Condition: Fair


On offer is an interesting, rather charming original 1891 manuscript diary handwritten by an Ottawa Canada student, Walter B. Martin, detailing his personal and school times and activities. As with most Canadiana weather plays an important role and is mention daily. A gift from Sid, to Mudde [a nickname we assume] carries the inscription: 'Write in this diary everyday or I will pound you when we meet.' He writes from February 1st to sometime in May when he states his inability to carry on writing a diary. Oddly the first few pages are only Sundays. [He used a red ink at times which smudged som... View more info

1893 - 1894 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN MOURNING HER 'DEARIE' ALL THE WHILE ENDURING UNENDING LABOR, TORMENT FROM HER NEIGHBORS AND DREAM VISITS FROM HER MOTHER AND DEAD HUSBAND

By: WARREN, LOANDA AUGUSTINA [nee LAKE]

Price: $6,295.99

Publisher: CHAUTAUQUA CHARLOTTE'S CENTER FREDONIA NEW YORK, 1893

Seller ID: 0002060

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original 1893 - 1894 manuscript diary fully handwritten in a notepad with meticulous, small, perfectly legible script authored by Native American woman Loanda Augustina Lake Warren. The note pad, whose back cover is missing, is inscribed along the top cover Loanda Augustina Warren 1893 and on the bottom Loanda Augustina Lake Warren - Feb 10 1894. [Loanda once lived Kansas, as is evidenced in an 1879 - 1880 diary we list separately [Seller ID #0002062] where we believe among other jobs she served as a Postmistress for a time. Later after her husband's death in 1889 she ret... View more info

1879 - 1880 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A MIDDLE AGED NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN MARRIED TO A WHITE MAN SHE ADORES ALL THE WHILE CEASELESSLY WORKING, FEELING DISPLACED AND HAVING FEW FRIENDS CONFIDING ALL TO HER DIARY

By: WARREN, LOANDA AUGUSTINA [nee LAKE]

Price: $8,855.99

Publisher: OLATHE KANSAS, 1879

Seller ID: 0002062

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original 1879 - 1880 manuscript diary fully handwritten in a meticulous, small, perfectly legible script authored by 48 year old Native American woman Loanda Augustina Warren [nee Lake]. Loanda excels as a diarist not only describing life but in providing page after page of local events and genealogy but even more specifically a look at the unending labours of a woman maintaining a household, helping run a farm and all manner of business to provide and sustain themselves as she notes each day of the two years over 97 handwritten pages intimately sharing everything from the... View more info

1891 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG VICTORIAN ERA WOMAN IN HER EIGHTH YEAR OF TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON OHIO aka BUCHTEL COLLEGE

By: WEIMER, JENNIE T.

Price: $2,585.99

Publisher: AKRON OHIO OH, 1891

Seller ID: 0001638

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original 1891 manuscript relic of a Victorian Era teacher named of Jennie T. Weimer, handwritten while Jennie was in her 8th year of teaching at the University of Akron [founded in 1870 as Buchtel College] and while she does not specify the University of Akron she makes mention Professors Glover, Wise, Hamblin and Fraunfelter and writes about the "New Building" and Crouse Gymnasium and Albert Hall which makes the fact it is U of A conclusive. Jennie was born on August 8th, 1865. Her mother was Mary C. Weimer and either her father died or left them at an early age b... View more info

1878 ORIGINAL JOURNAL AND LEDGER HANDWRITTEN BY C. W. WHEELER, A FARMER FROM HARDWICK, MASSACHUSETTS, PROVIDING A GLIMPSE INTO FARMERS' LIFE, INCLUDING PRICES FOR LABOUR AND PRODUCTS

By: WHEELER, C. W.

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: HARDWICK, MASSACHUSETTS, 1878

Seller ID: 0008013

Condition: Good +


On offer is an original handwritten diary authored by C. W. Wheeler, containing brief records of farming operations through different seasons, with occasional mentions of weather, and track of prices for products and labour. There is a handwritten note on the endpaper: C.W. Wheelers Diary 1878. The book itself is titled "The Standard Diary" and contains almanac material, postage rates, weights and measures, festivals, etc. Wheeler was keeping cattle, growing crops, did some building and repair work for himself, and for neighbours, sometimes hiring help. In winter he was cutting and dra... View more info

1870 - 1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL AND STUDY DIARY OF A DETERMINED MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER TRAVELING AND STUDYING IN BERLIN GERMANY AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR

By: WILL A. BRIGGS [WILLIAM ADAMS BRIGGS]

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: S.S. INDIA BERLIN GERMANY PRUSSIA, 1870

Seller ID: 0001471

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational December 1870 to June 1871 manuscript journal and diary of Will A. Briggs as noted in his own hand on the title page. One part travel diary, another part historical observations on the condition of Europe and specifically Germany and the city of Berlin during the Franco-Prussian War [we particularly note his description of Berlin during the celebration of Berliners to the successful Siege of Paris and Armistice January 1871] and another part handwritten relic of a serious student and composer of music, this book was obviously a treasure to the author given the fact th... View more info

1879 & 1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES FROM PROMINENT LOCAL FAMILY DETAILING GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY OF COOPERSTOWN NEW YORK

By: WILLIAM A. DOUBLEDAY [?]

Price: $1,685.99

Publisher: Cooperstown Otsego County New York, 1879

Seller ID: 0001347

Condition: Good


On offer are the original 1879 and 1883 manuscript diaries historically relevant to the history of Cooperstown New York. While there is no indication of authorship specified in the books there are enclosed a number of ephemeral pieces that suggest the owner was "William A. Doubleday". There is also an 1870 promissory note with the names Sally Doubleday, Elizabeth Doubleday and Abner Doubleday. Casual research affirms the family's connection to Cooperstown and we suggest but cannot confirm that the Abner Doubleday mentioned herein is the noted inventor of baseball. [Further research not... View more info

1869 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PROLIFIC CONNECTICUT COBBLER AND FARMER

By: WILLIAM B. CLARK

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: MILFORD, CONNECTICUT, 1869

Seller ID: 0001840

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting manuscript diary dated January 1, 1869 through to March, 1870 handwritten by William B. Clark of Milford, Connecticut. Mr. Clark is a cobbler who works heeling shoes along with farm work at home. His is married to Mary, and his children include Willie, Frank and Charlotte. William is a prolific writer writing every day from the mundane to the sensational: local events including seeing Tom Thumb from the train, births, deaths, family news, work and mentions of the flu which appears to be going around. Here are some snippets: Jan 1 - New Year's Day. Willie's foot and l... View more info

BOOK ON CD: DIGITAL COPY OF ORIGINAL 1862 - 1865 IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR JOURNAL DETAILING THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE 34TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY REGIMENT VOLUNTEER TO THE STEPS OF APPOMATTOX AND THE SURRENDER OF LEE

By: WILLIAM B. STARK

Price: $245.99

Publisher: EGREMONT MASSACHUSETTS MA, 1862

Seller ID: N000754N

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a direct scan of a superb relic of the Civil War and an incredibly detailed, historical document with a riveting narrative being the journal of William. B. Stark beginning with his enlistment July 21st 1862 until April 13th 1865 when he relates the details of Appomattox and Lee's surrender and the jubilation of the troops. Thusly his entire tour in the Civil War. Stark was from Egremont, Massachusetts near the New York state border in western Massachusetts. Mr. Stark served in the 34th Regiment Infantry Massachusetts Volunteers. This is one of the most detailed writings of one man'... View more info

ORIGINAL 1862 - 1865 IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR JOURNAL DETAILING THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE 34TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY REGIMENT VOLUNTEER TO THE STEPS OF APPOMATTOX AND THE SURRENDER OF LEE

By: WILLIAM B. STARK

Price: $4,245.99

Publisher: EGREMONT MASSACHUSETTS MA, 1862

Seller ID: 000754

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original, superb relic of the Civil War and an incredibly detailed, historical document with a riveting narrative being the journal of William. B. Stark beginning with his enlistment July 21st 1862 until April 13th 1865 when he relates the details of Appomattox and Lee's surrender and the jubilation of the troops. Thusly his entire tour in the Civil War. Stark was from Egremont, Massachusetts near the New York state border in western Massachusetts. Mr. Stark served in the 34th Regiment Infantry Massachusetts Volunteers. This is one of the most detailed writings of one man's serv... View more info

1861 + 1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR ERA DIARIES KEPT BY A YOUNG NEW YORKER AND MEMBER OF GOVERNOR CURTIN'S FAMILY

By: William Dufour

Price: $2,549.99

Publisher: New York, New York NY, 1861

Seller ID: 000633

Condition: Good


On offer are two handwritten manuscript diaries written by William Dufour of New York City. We are not sure of the precise connection but these diaries came from a Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania estate and connected to famed Civil War Governor Curtin of Pennsylvania. Further research should establish the connection. Mr. Dufour identifies himself on the fep of the earliest diary. While no war content these diaries are fascinating for the fact that these diaries are a look at the New York social scene and the gender sensibilities of the times. Young Dufour is obsessed with relationships with the gir... View more info

1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG MIDSHIPMAN WHO RECALLS HIS TIME IN MOROCCO DURING THE MELILLA WAR

By: WILLIAM E. McKAY

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: TANGIERS MOROCCO, 1893

Seller ID: 0002088

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating nine page 1893 manuscript account of voyage handwritten by United States Navy midshipman William E. McKay aboard the flagship Franklin. [McKay was made lieutenant and commanded the Inca, 1898.] Titled: 'Morocco, Melilla and the Moors. A Boar Hunt at Tangiers by William E. McKay, Boston, 1893' William relates the history of the area, religion, war and a personal account of boar hunt in Tangiers. Here are some snippets: "Throughout Morocco, all idiots and lunatics are accounted saints. When Allah withdraws the reason, it is a mark of his special favour...." "... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE FOUNDER AND SCION OF THE STILL IN OPERATION WM. HAHN SHOE COMPANY

By: WILLIAM HAHN

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Europe, 1890

Seller ID: 0009191

Condition: Good+


On offer is an excellent slim leather-bound notebook detailing an 1890 trip from Washington to Europe. The notebook spans a period from July 3, 1890 to Sept 19th, 1890. The writer is one William Hahn. The book is about 5" by 3" The leather cover is worn but intact. Entries are in ink and quite legible. There are 90 pages of quad-ruled pages of which 78 contain entries. Research suggests that this is the founder of the Wm Hahn & Co retail shoe chain which remained in business for 119 years. There are references to 'Fred' in the early pages July 6, 8, 12- Hahn had a brother Fred who man... View more info

1842 SWEET ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL BY THE 9-YEAR OLD SON OF A REVEREND, GOING TO SCHOOL, LEARNING ABOUT LIFE, AND EXHIBITING QUINTESSENTIAL ‘JOIE DE VIVRE’

By: WILLIAM SMITH LEONARD

Price: $955.99

Publisher: DUBLIN KEENE PETERBOROUGH NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, 1842

Seller ID: 0009043

Condition: Good


On offer is boyhood journal of William Smith Leonard of Dublin, NH, written throughout 1841 and the very beginning of 1842. Leonard is a child and the journal covers the day-to-day life of the young man and his observations of the world around him. William Leonard was born in 1832, so this diary would be written when he was 9 years old. He often mention the daily weather, as well as playing outside when the snow melts, shooting a bow and arrow, building a violin, going to church meetings and school, and often being sick. He has a childlike awe and wonder to his writing that is a delight to rea... View more info

1872 - 1915 HANDWRITTEN ARCHIVE OF A PROSPEROUS INDUSTRIALIST'S TRAVELING FAMILY FROM BOSTON AND PLENTY OF INTRIGUE

By: WILLIAM TUDOR & Family

Price: $2,225.99

Publisher: Boston Massachusetts MA, 1872

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000877

Condition: Good+


On offer is a remarkable, very intriguing, grouping of handwritten letters, drawings and covers from the William Tudor family of Boston Massachusetts. There are twelve [12] letters with their envelopes the [five letters are from 1872 and 1873 when William was in Paris to marry his wife Elizabeth Whitwell], three empty covers and two slips of paper with drawings. The letters date from 1873-1915 and curiously one last letter from 1961. The drawings don't have dates but look like late 1800's. The three remaining empty envelopes are from 1879, 1894 and one has no date. William Tudor was born to Fr... View more info

1877 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A SIGNIFICANT PENNSYLVANIA LAWYER WHO WOULD ONE DAY BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE STATE AMONG OTHER NOTABLE POSITIONS OF IMPORTANCE

By: WILLIAM UHLER HENSEL

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania PA, 1877

Seller ID: 0007011

Condition: Good


On offer is the 1877 diary of a noted lawyer, newspaper editor and politician. William Uhler Hensel was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1851. Upon graduation, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1873. A year later, he purchased a half interest in the local newspaper, becoming its editor. His dual career prospered and along with it his involvement in local politics. He became very active in state politics and served four consecutive terms as state Democratic Party Chairman. He was also active in national politics, writing campaign material and biographies for Democratic cand... View more info

1853-1874 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY/JOURNAL/NOTEBOOK OF A SUCCESSFUL HOMER NEW YORK BUSINESSMAN

By: WILLIAM WAKELEY

Price: $689.99

Publisher: HOMER NEW YORK, NY, 1853

Seller ID: 000737

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten diary/journal - "The American Diary for 1853 and Reference Book for Business and Professional Business Men, Housekeepers, Travelers, and All Others" New York: Published by A. Morrell, 1853". As evidenced on the fep the author states: "August 28, 1854 - William Wakeley's book Homer Cortland Co., NY." The book was used by William primarily for financial purposes but is littered with notes of local historical events, personal observations as late as 1874 and many, many companies and addresses: "Homer, December 28th 1871, William B. Coggshall, Dr. ... View more info

1854 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG 14 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WOULD SOON GROW TO BE ONE OF NEW YORK CITY'S MOST RENOWNED JURISTS PRESIDING OVER SOME OF THE CITY'S MOST NOTORIOUS CRIMES

By: [JUDGE] RUFUS C COWING

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, 1854

Seller ID: 0007005

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original diary and journal of Rufus B. Cowing, a famed Judge in New York City who presided over a number of notorious criminal cases in the years following the American Civil War. He was born in 1840 and received this journal from his uncle in 1854, at the age of 14. At that time, he was enrolled in the 'Bash-Bish Institute', a private school in the area of Bash-bish Falls, MA. The time period covered extends from 1854 to 1862 with sporadic entries for years in that time span. The first 20 pages detail his day-to-day activities as a student: I was successful in all my les... View more info

1846 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER DESCRIBING A RIGOROUS TRIP UP ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS ECOLOGICAL LANDMARKS, MT. WASHINGTON, AS WELL AS DETAILING AN EVENT IN THE DARKER SIDE OF NATURE

By: [to MISS S. R. CRAGIN]

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: MT WASHINGTON NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, CRAWFORD NOTCH, 1846

Seller ID: 0009064

Condition: Good


On offer is an 1846 letter, containing 4 pages of writing, detailing the incredible account of a journey the unnamed author took up to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It is addressed to a ‘Miss S. R. Cragin’ of ‘Westminster East Vt.’ In addition to this account, the author of the letter talks about the “Willey House” or cottage which was (and still is) standing at the time. The tragedy that befell the house and the family inside it in 1826 was an flood and landslide that killed the family of 9 and destroyed everything around it but the cottage itself. The letter begins, “Beth... View more info