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1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HARD WORKING CENTRAL OHIO FARMER

By: CHARLES D. HOFF

Price: $685.99

Publisher: CAREY OHIO OH, 1886

Seller ID: 0001291

Condition: Good


On offer is the original manuscript 1886 diary handwritten Chas. T. Hoff as noted by his personal hand stamp and ephemeral pieces [also indicate his wife as Laura A. Hoff] in the pouch pocket. Dated Carey Ohio, Mr. Hoff, a town assessor, was 38 years old on May 20, 1886 Charles does a super job of detailing the life of a rural Ohio man and his family. Visitors, business meetings, friends and family are named and should provided local collectors and historians of Central Ohio a wealth of genealogy and observations. The entries typically describe the work he did on a farm and as a builder or car... View more info

1864 LOT OF TWO [2] HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARIES BY A RYE NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN BUSY WITH THE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL YARD

By: CHARLES E. SLEEPER

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: RYE NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, 1864

Seller ID: 000826

Condition: Very Good


On offer are two [2] original 1864 Civil War era handwritten diaries kept by Charles E. Sleeper of Rye New Hampshire. Interesting and enigmatic, Mr. Sleeper kept the two books, one being sporadic with blocks of time missing while the other having been shared it seems by Mr. Sleeper and an unidentified partner. The shared book is almost fully written while the former is perhaps 50% written. Both include daily weather, election news, local news, yellow fever deaths, specified local events and a great deal about the Navy Yard where Mr. Sleeper spent a great deal of time. [While the name of the na... View more info

1892 - 1902 ARCHIVE OF FOUR [4] ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING THE LIFE AND LOVE OF A DAYTON OHIO NEWSPAPERMAN TURNED PREACHER MAN

By: CHARLES G. READE

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: DAYTON OHIO OH, 1892

Seller ID: 0001304

Condition: Very Good


On offer are the original 1892, 1900, 1901 and 1902 manuscript diaries handwritten by Charles G. Reade of Dayton Ohio. Charles worked for a newspaper and eventually became a preacher. He loves attending the concerts, plays and operas but that seems to lessen as his life as a preacher brings more fervor than his entertainments. In the early diary Charles is dating Nora Boltin then in 1901 he marries Nora and in 1902 has a baby boy. The diaries are full of handwritten entries for every day so you get a good deal of writing and information concerning Charles life. Here are some snippets: 1892"... View more info

1862 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR ERA DIARY CHRONICLING THE TRAVELS AND TRAVAILS OF A CIRCUIT RIDER TEACHER IN CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE

By: CHARLES J. PETERSON [?]

Price: $1,785.99

Publisher: New York, New York NY USA Oneida Chenango county, 1862

Seller ID: 000789

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super detailed Civil War era diary by a circuit-rider school teacher who we believe was a Charles J. Peterson of Philadelphia who details his visits, stays, 'scholars' and local events of the area he serviced in central New York state. The author has connections to the area as he mentions births and funerals specifically related to him and his family. This diary will prove a wealth of genealogical and historical first hand information in central New York State specifically Oneida and Chenango counties. Each day begins with where our author will sleep that night. He also records t... View more info

1876 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN ENGLISH WOOL MERCHANT'S 18 YEAR OLD SON WHO GAINS KNOWLEDGE, CONFIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN CANADA AND THE USA BEFORE HE TACKLES CHINA

By: CHARLES M. DAWSON

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: SS ADRIATIC AMERICA CANADA, 1876

Seller ID: 0002186

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original May to September 1876 manuscript diary handwritten by Charles M. Dawson the son of British wool manufacturer Mark Dawson. Only 18 years old, the tour to the US and Canada was undertaken to build up the confidence and experience of the scion of a successful enterprise. [We note this trip was a prelude to a much longer undertaking in 1877 - 1878 when he visited China to sight-see, conduct business but mostly to assess the market on behalf of his father's firm Mark Dawson & Sons of Bradford, England, worsted spinners, est. 1848. We list these diaries separately Selle... View more info

1877 - 1878 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE 19 YEAR OLD SON OF AN ENGLISH WOOL MERCHANT TRAVELLING IN THE GUISE OF A GENTLEMAN ON A GRAND TOUR WHO IS IN FACT A SPY

By: CHARLES M. DAWSON

Price: $8,255.99

Publisher: AMERICA CHINA SHANGHAI, 1877

Seller ID: 0002187

Condition: Good+


On offer are a fascinating, pair [2] of original 1877 - 1878 manuscript USA/China travel diaries handwritten by Charles M. Dawson, the young 19 year old son and scion of an established, successful English wool manufacturing concern. The books are fascinating as a substantive and significant historical record on numerous levels considering that while traveling as a young bon vivant, an English gentleman on a fantastic sight seeing tour, we soon learn what will be of particular interest to historians and researchers that the underlying reason for the young man's trip was industrial espionage! To... View more info

1878 and 1884 ORIGINAL GROUP OF TWO [2] DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG VERMONT MAN TRYING HIS HAND AT MINING AND HOPING TO NOT END UP AMBUSHED BY INDIANS LIKE HIS FATHER

By: CHARLES W. JEWELL

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: TOWLE CALIFORNIA, 1878

Seller ID: 0001888

Condition: Good


On offer are two [2] original manuscript diaries handwritten by Charles W. Jewell [b.1861?] of Orange County Vermont. Dated 1878 [Charles would be 17 years old] and 1884 when Charles was twenty-three. The first book details his life at home in Vermont; the second diary finds Charles in Towle California working and mining until November 5th when by stage, train and steamship he returns to Vermont. What is particularly fascinating about Charles' experience out west is firstly that the town of Towle, located 2 miles east of Dutch Flat in Placer County California has a remarkable history: the town... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HARD WORKING ENTREPRENEURIAL LE ROY NEW YORK MAN

By: CLARENCE H. WILLIAMS

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: Le Roy, New York, 1896

Seller ID: 0008032

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting little diary from 1896 that details the efforts of a young man to start his own business. The volume measures 4 inches by 2 1/2 inches and contains 92 diary pages, several memoranda pages and a number of information pages. It is in good condition and all pages are intact. The diary is about 60% complete and the handwriting is legible. The author is Clarence H Williams and he lives in LeRoy, NY, about half way between Buffalo and Rochester. There is little biographical information but context suggests that he is a young man who is now living on his own. Right from th... View more info

1868 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTED SALEM NEW JERSEY BOOKSELLER

By: CLINTON BOWEN

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: SALEM NEW JERSEY NJ, 1868

Seller ID: 0001674

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting, original 1868 manuscript diary handwritten by Clinton Bowen, Salem, New Jersey, book dealer [b.1839, d.1917, married Sarah E. Sharp] identified with owner's blind embossed seal "Clinton Bowen, Bookseller & Stationer, Salem, N.J." Bound in leather, 4" x 6", the diary is almost filled between January through March with legible ink entries, then sporadic with some months mostly blank and a few pages of accounting in the back. He writes of marriages, deaths, church matters, business, weather, local news, hearing Frederick Douglass lecture, arson fire mak... View more info

1852 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PASSIONATE, OPINIONATED MAN WHO DETESTS THE FREE SOILERS, LADY'S BLOOMERS AND INTERFERING FOREIGNERS TRYING TO TELL AMERICANS 'WHAT IS WHAT'

By: COMMODORE [?] JOHN DOWNES

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1852

Seller ID: 0001960

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb, original, historically significant 1852 manuscript diary handwritten by John Downes of Cambridge, Massachusetts as evidenced by his two signatures. [While we cannot confirm ownership we believe the author is Commodore John Downes a famed American naval officer with a storied career who lived from 1786 to 1854. The writer's preoccupation with the weather, the wind direction and other comments give us no pause to suggest this ownership but a local historian or researcher should have little problem confirming.] The diary was created on blank pages sandwiched among and in-bet... View more info

1882 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A MISSIONARY HEROINE OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

By: CORRINA SHATTUCK

Price: $595.99

Publisher: COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO CO, 1882

Seller ID: 0001585

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting and descriptive eight [8] page autographed letter [ALS] dated Colorado Springs May 10th 1882 addressed to Mrs. Phipps describing friends, travel and life in and around Colorado Springs handwritten by Corrina Shattuck a woman who would one day become a missionary made famous during the Armenian massacre. She is writing to the family of her friends Emma and Martin Phipps with whom she traveled from Framingham, Massachusetts to Colorado in 1880. Overall the 6 x 9 inch letter is VG.; English Language; 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, MISSIONARY, CO... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF 64 DIARIES 1864 THROUGH 1931 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF IPSWICH NH BOY THAT TURNS INTO A CONNECTICUT MAN

By: COWDREY, WILLARD J.

Price: $5,895.99

Publisher: New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut VT CT, 1864

Seller ID: 000099b

Condition: Good+


Awesome, sensational rare offering of a 64 diary archive lot belonging to Willard J. Cowdrey. The diaries begin in 1864, though 1864 is Cowdrey's mother's diary wherein she keeps track of household chores. The rest are all penned by Willard as a young man [we estimate he was about 15 or 16 in 1866] going to school and working from 1866 on through 1931. Willard is a rich character and the snippets provided are a mere fraction of Willard's life that he richly details. A mere scanning of the first few years shows the boy, the young man and the future man himself - and one will find that Willard, ... View more info

1868 - 1893 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES FROM THE FAMILY OF TRAITOR BENEDICT ARNOLD

By: CYNTHIA DUNHAM ARNOLD, DANIEL ARNOLD

Price: $2,259.99

Publisher: StILLWATER, SARATOGA NEW YORK, 1868

Seller ID: 000729

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super archive of handwritten manuscript diaries related to the Arnold family of Stillwater New York near Saratoga. Family members were related to Benedict Arnold and his half-brother, Nathaniel. Family members mentioned also include Whitlock, Hornbeck, Cuddeback, Davis, Shepperd and many, many more names are mentioned of family, friends and acquaintances. This will be a treasure for area historians or genealogists. There are 5 diaries by Cynthia Dunham Arnold from 1879, 1884, 1886, 1892 and 1893. Cynthia is a detailed diarist providing details of weather, work and local history a... View more info

1837 - 1840 EXTRAORDINARY ORIGINAL PRIVATE JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A MIDSHIPMAN AS THE SHIP TRAVELS TO RUSSIA TO MEET THE EMPEROR THEN MOVES ON TO SOUTH AMERICA, TASKED WITH PROTECTING AMERICAN COMMERCE AT ALL COSTS AS FLAGSHIP OF THE BRAZIL STATION

By: CYRUS E. JOY, Midshipman

Price: $9,255.99

Publisher: BOSTON TO KRONSTADT TO BRAZIL STATION, 1837

Seller ID: 0009111

Condition: Good


On offer is a journal recorded during a fascinating time in General American and U.S. Naval History. The journal is written on the U.S.S. Independence, as she travels from Boston to Portsmouth, England, onto Copenhagen and Kronstadt to receive a visit from Russian Emperor Nicholas I. The ‘Independence’ then leaves Russia for Rio de Janeiro, where she becomes the Flagship of the Brazil Station, tasked with the duty to guard American commerce along the eastern seaboard of South America, during the war between France and Argentina. A page in the very beginning of the book states, “Private J... View more info

1867 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG HURON COUNTY OHIO FARMER DETAILING HIS LIFE, TIMES AND TRAVELS IN POST CIVIL WAR OHIO

By: D. SMITH WASHBURN

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: GREENWICH CITY HURON COUNTY OHIO OH, 1867

Seller ID: 0001381

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original 1867 manuscript diary handwritten by D. Smith Washburn of Greenwich City, Huron County, Ohio. Mr. Washburn does a fine job writing, hardly ever missing a day, of his life, the times and his observations. He is a young, married to Sara, and is a farm owner and construction worker. The entries are a mixture of home and work experiences, travel, weather, women and men friends, events, holidays, work, church services, parties etc in post Civil War Ohio. He also mentions in casual reading of going to New London, lumbering, ordering the New York Tribune for one year $1.75, st... View more info

1854 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK HANDWRITTEN BY AN ILL FATED SAILOR ABOARD A TWO MASTED MERCHANT BRIG PLYING ITS TRADE BETWEEN MAINE AND THE CARIBBEAN

By: D.W FARNSWORTH

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: NEW ENGLAND - THE CARRIBEAN, 1854

Seller ID: 0008166

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original manuscript journal detailing a sailor's voyage from New England to the Caribbean during the heyday of the sailing ships. Measuring 7.5 inches by 6 inches, it contains 134 pages and is about 20% complete. The cover, binding and pages are in good condition and the handwriting is legible. The first journal belongs to D.W. Farnsworth of Machias, ME. Casual research has not turned up any additional biographical information other than the fact that he passed away in April, 1855. Farnsworth is a sailor, working on board coastal commercial sailing ships - what woul... View more info

1885 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF CASES, TORT LAW, PRECEDENTS AND LEGAL THEORY INCLUDING THE INNER MENTAL WORKINGS OF A YOUNG MID-AMERICA LITIGATOR

By: DANIEL K. CATLIN

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: St. LOUIS, MISSOURI, 1885

Seller ID: 0001373

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the original 1885 manuscript journal of noted attorney and resident of St Louis, Missouri, Daniel K. Catlin. The notebook, a charming relic of early Western Americana and Tort law that offers an insight to both the institution of jurisprudence at the time and into the mind of young litigator. [The year being 1885 indicates this book is from the beginnings of his career. There are nearly 300 handwritten pages in a large 10 x 8 inch book of his various notes and thoughts on legal cases. Save for rubbing on the edges and some loss to the spine cap overall this is VG.; Manuscript; 4to ... View more info

1868 - 1872 - 1879 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARIES

By: DAVID B. GRUBB

Price: $1,245.99

Publisher: GOSHEN SYRACUSE INDIANA ELKHART COUNTY CONCORD TWP, 1868

Seller ID: 000801

Condition: Good


On offer are three greatly filled diaries handwritten in 1868, 1872 and 1879 by David B. Grubb from Indiana. The earliest diary, 1868, reveals he lived in Goshen Indiana [Elkhart County, Concord Township]. In the later two diaries, 1872 & 1879, he had moved to Syracuse Indiana. Mr. Grubb is a cobbler for the most part but does labor for farmers and shopkeepers. He also loves his tobacco and beer and spends quite a bit of money on each on a weekly basis. Collectors of Indiana history will be pleased that Mr. Grubb writes daily and mentions names and places. He is a very dedicated diarist and se... View more info

1857 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF TROY NEW YORK'S MOST PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY

By: DAVID BUEL Jr.

Price: $2,045.99

Publisher: TROY NEW YORK NY, 1857

Seller ID: 0001814

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript autobiography handwritten by Mr. David Buel Jr. who retrospectively recorded his memories and anecdotes etc. in 1857, a mere three years before his death. The journal is a fascinating detailed sketch of his family, travel, life events, genealogy, etc. starting with his birth in October 1784 through 1830s but we note 1853 references on the last page. He writes of being a member of the Constitutional Congress of 1821, his mother's death in 1826, a voyage to Savannah on the Steam Boat George Washington, travel to Martinique and Nevis in 1812, and much more... View more info

1858 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA JOURNAL OF HOME REMEDIES AND STATE OF THE ART MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE INCLUDING RECIPES FOR CREATING ARTIFICIAL SKIN, CURING CANCER, CONSUMPTION +++

By: DAVID M. YOUNG

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: GETTYSBURG PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1858

Seller ID: 000889

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational Civil War era handwritten journal of medical cures, home remedies, salve recipes, paint recipes, ointments, tanning instructions, medicinal powders and much, much more, once owned by David Young (born 1838), son of William Young of Two Taverns, Pennsylvania, and husband of Adeline (Plank) Young, daughter of George and Hester Plank and sister of Sarah (Plank) Spangler. The Spangler's were a noted Pennsylvania family whose property was part of the Gettysburg battle. This 6 5/8 x 8 1/8 inch book has 190 hand numbered pages and is filled with writings and littered with ep... View more info