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1881 & 1914 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF A RURAL UPSTATE NEW YORK FARMER AND THEN LATER A SENIOR CITIZEN CASHING HIS PENSION CHECKS

By: EDWIN H. CHAFIN

Price: $685.99

Publisher: ADAMS WATERTOWN NEW YORK NY, 1881

Seller ID: 000973

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating pairing of original handwritten diaries once belonging to Adams, New York man, Edwin H. Chafin. One handwritten diary records the life, activities and commerce of a young Mr. Chafin in 1881 and then 33 years later we have his 1914 diary. Like bookends it is very intriguing to read and compare the activities and duties of a man in his 30s [he reveals his wife is 63 in 1914, thusly 30 in 1881] and then read of his more frequent church going and pension collecting three decades later. Local collectors and historians and genealogists will find a unique prospect of researc... View more info

1858 HANDWRITTEN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A WELL KNOWN PHILLIPSBURG NEW JERSEY MAN WHO WILL SOON BE A SERGEANT IN THE CIVIL WAR

By: ELIAS D. SMITH

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: PHILLIPSBURG NEW JERSEY NJ, 1858

Seller ID: 0001336

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting pre Civil War handwritten relic of New Jersey Americana being the original 1858 manuscript journal and diary of Elias D. Smith of Phillipsburg, New Jersey who would go on to serve as a Quarter Master Sergeant in the 14th New Jersey Volunteers during the Civil War. In a sporadic manner, many days he wrote a full page about what he did and how he felt and about the people, places and events of the day. He would also expound on some point of politics or a moment in history and its affect on America or the State. Historians and researchers concerned with the politics of ... View more info

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1840 RIVETING, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SURVIVOR'S ACCOUNT OF THE SINKING BY FIRE AND EVENTUAL RESCUE OF AN AMERICAN PACKET SHIP FILLED WITH COMBUSTIBLES AND PASSENGERS

By: ELISE R. TYSON for J.H. BUCKINGHAM

Price: $6,255.99

Publisher: 25 MILES SOUTH OF NANTUCKET SHOALS, 1840

Seller ID: 0002340

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational, original 38 page manuscript account, dated Boston, 1840 of the ill-fated voyage of the packet ship 'Poland' which caught fire on May 16 en route from New York to Le Havre in France, her passengers being rescued two days later by Captain J.B. Ingersoll with the Clifton. The narrator and survivor was Mr. J.H. Buckingham, a descendent of Thomas Tinker, one of the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower, his father being Hon. Joseph Tinker Buckingham (1771-1861), politician, journalist and founder of the Boston Courier in 1824. J.H. Buckingham is also associated with the Bosto... View more info

1890s MANUSCRIPT TRANSCRIPTION OF HER OWN 1855 TRAVEL JOURNAL FROM BOSTON TO CHILE AND HER FRIEND'S LOG OF THE SAME TRIP IN 1854

By: ELIZABETH LEONARD, CAPTAIN OLIVER LANE Jr.

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: SHIP PROSPERO, BOSTON TO VALPARIASO, CHILI, CHILE, 1895

Seller ID: 0002426

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting, original manuscript copy and transcription created in the late 1890s of the "Journal of Elizabeth Leonard" (wife of Captain Ezra Leonard) and the "Journal of a Voyage from Boston to Valparaiso, Chili in the Ship Prospero of Boston, Capt. Oliver Lane Jr." The 9 x 14 inch book was handwritten by Elizabeth Leonard who apparently wanted to preserve her family's maritime history and thusly she copied a journal that she had kept of a voyage in 1855 and also a journal of a voyage kept by Captain Oliver Lane from Boston to Chile in 1854. She also writes ... View more info

1888 - 1929 FASCINATING ORIGINAL GROUP OF 15 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY THE WIFE OF AN EDINBURGH MINISTER

By: ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: Scotland, 1888

Seller ID: 0008030

Condition: Good +


On offer are 15 detailed diaries of a Scottish minister's wife at the turn of the 19th century and extending into the first quarter of the 20th century (1888 through 1929). Comprising about 200 pages each, these leather-bound volumes are in very good condition. They measure about 5 inches by 3/34 inches. Most of the annual diary entries are 99% complete. Several are 33-50%. There are additional notes in the Memoranda sections. The entries are brief and her handwriting is very tight but fairly legible. The 1923 volume contains an insurance policy attached to the inside rear cover. It was issued... View more info

1884 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN WHO IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH DENVER

By: ELLA C. KING

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: PITTSBURG PENNSYLVANIA DENVER COLORADO, 1884

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0001301

Condition: Fair+


On offer is an original, charmingly intimate, manuscript diary dated 1884 handwritten by Ella C. King from Pittsburg Pennsylvania but as the diary opens up on July 28th, 1884, we find Ella in Denver Colorado. While one would classify this as a travel diary in many ways it is more of an homage to the 'Mile-High City' as Ella is in love with the Rocky Mountains and on numerous occasions she mentions how she feels as though she might never visit this beautiful place again and becomes rather depressed at the thought. In fact at one point she is talking about how she is so in love with the mountain... View more info

1893 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF MRS. ELLEN H. HANDY, Wife of Ship Captain Charles Handy of Boston Area Massachusetts

By: Ellen M. Handy

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: Boston Massachusetts MA, 1892

Seller ID: 000405

Condition: Good


This is the hand-written diary of Ellen M. Handy, wife of Captain Charles Handy, from somewhere near Boston, Massachusetts. The diary, which measures 3 1/4" by 6", is written in an 1892 book, with some of the dates changed to 1893. There are entries for every day, most averaging a few sentences, but some are merely a brief mention of the weather. She writes about her three or four children (one appears to be married, one in college, one still in school), and about her husband's ship (refers to it as "the vessel"), his cargoes, and various trips. Some of the town names mentioned... View more info

1895 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND FASHION JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG KANSAS CITY MISSOURI GIRL, DAUGHTER OF ONE OF MISSOURI'S WEALTHY BUSINESS FAMILIES

By: ELSA DOROTHY FIELD

Price: $2,085.99

Publisher: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, 1895

Seller ID: 0001841

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, manuscript relic of 19th Century life in Kansas City Missouri dated 1895 through 1904 [1898 and 1899 are the fullest] handwritten by a young woman [13 in 1895] named Elsa Dorothy Field who does a great job as a diarist detailing her life and times as a member of a wealthy family headed by her father Edmund B. Field a bank broker and her mother Enna N. Field. She had a sister by the name of Marcia and a brother by the name of Edmund Mills. The beginning of the 150 page diary lists three different addresses, the final being "2415 E. 9th, St." a house her grandmother ... View more info

1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NEW JERSEY CIVIL WAR HOMEFRONT DIARY OF A 29 YR OLD WOMAN HOPING TO BE A BETTER CHRISTIAN IN THE NEW YEAR

By: EMMA L. KITCHELL [nee REYNOLDS]

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: NEWARK MENDHAM NEW JERSEY NJ, 1863

Seller ID: 0001389

Condition: Good


On offer is a nice, original manuscript relic of the Civil War year of 1863 handwritten by Emma L. Kitchell [nee Reynolds] of Mendham and Newark New Jersey. Emma seems to be a down to earth, hardworking woman who on New Year's Day hopes the coming year finds her a better Christian. In fact the thread of religion winds its way throughout the narrative. On her 29th birthday, January 27th, she writes that 'about a year since I gave myself to God. Oh how unfaithful I have been. I have been devoted to God. May this year see me more.' There are some reports of the war but the year seems to be one of... View more info

1880 SUPER ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF TRAVEL DIARY AND LETTERS HOME DESCRIBING THE NEW WORLD OF COLORADO SPRINGS TO THE FAMILY BACK HOME IN MASSACHUSETTS

By: EMMA PHIPPS AND MARTIN PHIPPS

Price: $2,295.99

Publisher: COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO CO, 1880

Seller ID: 0001586

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super archive of six [6] original manuscript multi page letters dated Colorado Springs May through June 1880 and one [1] circa 1880 travel diary all handwritten by Emma Phipps save for two [2] letters by her brother Martin Phipps written during and after the latter leg of their westward trek from Framingham, Massachusetts to Colorado Springs. Addressed to their sister Ella and a couple to the mother we learn of their trials and travails reaching Colorado, the many encounters they have we also learn among other things that Martin is afflicted with some type of disease in the hopes... View more info

1887 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NEW HAMPSHIRE FARMER AND LUMBERMAN

By: ERNEST MARTIN

Price: $329.99

Publisher: Enfield Canaan Grafto New Hampshire NH, 1887

Seller ID: 000798

Condition: Very Good


On off is the 1887 handwritten personal diary of ERNEST MARTIN, [a gift from Cora Christmas 1886], living in the Grafton/Enfield/Canaan New Hampshire area. Most entries tell of farm work done, working for Charlie Kilton or Kelton, haying, planting, chopping wood, building fences and general 'choreing'. Other names mentioned also. VG. ; 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall; Hand Written, Personal, Memoir, Handwritten, hand written, autograph, autographs, signed, letters, document, documents, manuscript, manuscripts, writers, writer, author, holograph, personal, Americana, New Hampshire, NH, Farming... View more info

1899 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY DETAILING THE LIFE OF A 2nd GENERATION JEWISH WOMAN, THE DAUGHTER OF GERMAN JEWISH IMMIGRANTS CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM

By: ESTELLE 'STELLA' JACOBOSKY later WITMER

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: WILKES-BARRE PENNSYLVANIA WYOMING CANYON COALFIELD, 1899

Seller ID: 0007021

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting diary written at the turn of the century by an educated woman in a major American industrial city. Measuring 4.75 inches by 3 inches, this diary is in good condition. It contains 122 pages of entries plus and extensive memoranda section of 72 pages. The memoranda section includes contacts, cash accounts as well as notes. The handwriting is legible. Also included are to very small newspaper clippings. One, which appears to be dated July 14, 1899 is an ad for a teacher. Estelle (Stella) Jacobosky is a 24 year old woman who is beginning her career as a teacher. She was ... View more info

1897 - 1900 ORIGINAL MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HARDWORKING, STRESSED OUT, SAD AND FEARFUL WOMAN WHO POURS HER HEART OUT WITH INK ON PAPER

By: ESTHER MARIE GERNIT BULLOCK

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: LYCOMING COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA STEUBEN COUNTY NY, 1895

Seller ID: 0001725

Condition: Good+


On offer is the super, original manuscript diary handwritten by Esther Marie Gernit Bullock [b.1852] who lived in or around Lycoming County, Pennsylvania or Steuben County New York. She is married to Francis Joseph Bullock and they have four children; Charles Edgar, Walter Herbert, Allen Gernit and Edna Maria. This is a very large, very full diary measuring about 7 ¾" x 13" with 250+ pages of daily entries covering September 30th 1897 all the way through to April 6th, 1900. We learn that three of her four children are no longer living with them, or soon on their way out. This greatly ... View more info

1899 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG ASPIRING SINGER WHO TRAVELS THE ATLANTIC TO STUDY WITH SOME OF EUROPE'S GREATS

By: ETHEL FISKE

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA PARIS FRANCE, 1899

Seller ID: 0001108

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational original manuscript diary handwritten by Ethel Fiske who was the daughter of Dr. John Fiske and lived on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The entire diary is concerned with Ethel's voice lessons both in the U.S. and in Paris where she goes to continue her musical studies. She details her singing lessons, names the songs that she sings and comments and critiques her music teachers. Her Massachusetts teacher was Mlle. Avigliana. There are several very long letters from Avigliana to Ethel tipped in. In October 1900, at age 28, Ethel travels to France with her... View more info

1869 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF THE HARD RURAL LIFE OF DEATH, DISEASE AND NEVERENDING WORK DURING A VERY COLD YEAR IN CENTRAL VERMONT

By: EUGENIA [GENIE] A. GOODRICH

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: PROCTORSVILLE VERMONT VT, 1869

Seller ID: 0001361

Condition: Good+


On offer is the original 1869 manuscript diary in Eugenia A. Goodrich of Proctorsville, Vermont. Researchers and collectors of Vermont ephemera will be hard pressed to find a more detailed retelling of local history and genealogy as this young woman does a super job keeping a careful record of the events in her life, her family and the doings of her small village along the Black River in central Vermont. That said we find life is hard and brutal sometimes. It a cold region and a cold year and she and the family are frequently snowbound. Genie (her nickname) records the events as dear Ella grow... View more info

1880 - 1895 HANDWRITTEN LEDGER BOOK OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PERSONAL AND BUSINESS EXPENSES AND BILLS OF THE PATRIARCH OF A FAMILY OF STONE MASONS IN SMALL TOWN IOWA

By: FEGAN FAMILY [JOHN FEGAN, DANIEL B. FEGAN, JOHN R. FEGAN, JOSEPH G. CATHERINE]

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: LYONS, CLINTON, IOWA IA, 1880

Seller ID: 0009056

Condition: Good


On offer is the personal home and business accounting log book of a man, John Fegan, patriarch of a family Masonry company, living in Lyons, Iowa from 1880 all the way to 1895. The book is a fascinating mix of both professional and personal expenses over the years. This is a fascinating piece of history. At the beginning of the book, January 5th, 1880, Daniel Fegan is employed, seemingly as a Mason, by the ‘Clinton & Lyons Horse Railway Company’. The accounts of 1880 and 1881 are included almost exclusively on the first 8 pages. On these pages, under the entries for 1880 and 1881, are entr... View more info

1891-92 DIARY OF E. O. FISHER, AN AMBITIOUS SCHOOL STUDENT FROM RURAL IOWA, DESCRIBING HIS DAY-TO-DAY LIFE AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGY EXPANSION IN THE "GILDED AGE"

By: Fisher, E. O.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: SHENANDOAH IOWA, 1891

Seller ID: 0008006

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a handwritten diary covering the years of 1891 and 1892 that gives an excellent insight into a broad range of interests and aspirations of a schoolboy from a small rural place in Iowa. The variety of topics he is writing about is remarkable - from day-to-day farming activities and school studies to political and business life in the state, and technological advances. E. O. Fisher, who was sixteen at the time, lived on a farm near Shenandoah. The book is the second volume, according to a note on the first page, and starts with a description of 1891 autumn fair in Iowa: "The fai... View more info

1889 ORIGINAL CHARMING MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG BRITISH TEENAGER LIVING IN SWITZERLAND

By: FLORRIE

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND, 1889

Seller ID: 0002170

Condition: Good+


On offer is a small, original and charming manuscript relic of one young British teenage girl named Florrie who travels to Switzerland in 1889. The book, a birthday gift from Dudley (her brother perhaps) was received on January 28 1889. She began using it immediately and wrote in it every day until July 1st when entries come to a sudden end. Florrie writes about her day to day life: social visits, tasks around the house, lessons, attending Church and Bible Class etc. The family may have been of Scottish descent as she regularly mentions the Scotch Church. She spends time with friends and famil... View more info

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1833 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG OF A 155 DAY VOYAGE FROM THE PACIFIC COAST OF MEXICO TO NEW YORK CITY

By: for SAMUEL W. COMSTOCK

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: SHIP MCLELLAN, MAZATLAN TO NEW YORK, 1833

Seller ID: 0002344

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, original 1833 logbook for the Ship McLellan (later purchased in 1846 and refitted as a whaling ship) from Mazatlan on the Pacific coast of Mexico to New York City. The volume is dated March 6, 1833 to August 8th, 1833. The 8 x 13 inch book produced specifically for the trade states: "Published and Sold by E. & G. W. Blunt, 154 Water-street, corner of Maiden-lane, where is constantly for sale, a complete assortment of the most approved Charts, Nautical Books and Instruments. Nautical instruments Repaired. / June, 1827". A lovely woodcut illustration of an Amer... View more info

1893 - 1920s FASCINATING, ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES DETAILING A SOMERVILLE MASSACHUSETTS MAN'S LIFE OVER A 43 YEAR SPAN

By: FRANK ?

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: SOMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS, 1893

Seller ID: 0008089

Condition: Fair


On offer is a most unusual and interesting pair of journals. They date from 1893 and 1896 respectively. They measure 8 inches by 4 1/4 inches and contain 184 pages. The binding of one journal is quite worn and the 2nd is almost detached. Many of the pages in the first journal are loose but all are accounted for. The writing is quite legible. The author's name is Frank. From context, we know that he was born in 1873. He lives in Somerville, MA. The journals are interesting as they are essentially snap shots of his life taken at different times between 1893 and 1926. The first covers that entire... View more info