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1877 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A 14 YEAR OLD NEW YORK BOY AND DEDICATED, ERUDITE AND ROMANTIC DIARIST

By: FRANK BEARD JR.

Price: $685.99

Publisher: HALLS CORNERS NEW YORK NY, 1877

Seller ID: 000751

Condition: Good


On offer is a super look at the life and times of a teenage boy in 1877 Ontario County New York. This 6" x 3" diary for the year 1877 is written by Frank Beard Jr. of Halls Corners, Ontario County, New York. Frank turns 15 during the writing of the diary, and lives with his mother, father and younger brother Charlie on a farm. Uniquely for a boy Frank is a tireless, erudite and somewhat romantic diarist and he faithfully has an entry for every day from Jan 1st, when he bids "good bye to the Centennial Year, until June 17th. Many of the remaining pages are filled with figures for pu... View more info

1883 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A FINE STUDIOUS YOUNG MAN IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

By: Frank J. Tone

Price: $489.99

Publisher: BERGEN NEW YORK NY, 1883

Seller ID: 000624

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the personal handwritten diary of Frank J. Tone of Bergen New York. Frank uses an 1866 diary for the year of 1883 commencing on Jan. 1st. Frank is a student, we estimate he is 15 or 16 years old, who studiously makes daily notes on the weather, personal matters and events of historical significance both local, national and international. A super eye for detail he notes "Wed 3rd Teachers in school: Arthur G. Clement, Miss Lizzie Adams, Jennie Hancey, Miss S.F. Prentice." The diary is littered with notes such as: Gambetta the great French statesman died Jan 1st. Tues 13 Ki... View more info

1887 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL DETAILING THE WORK AND ECONOMY OF ONE HARDWORKING MAN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

By: FRANK W. STEELE

Price: $455.99

Publisher: THORNTON NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, 1887

Seller ID: 000740

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the handwritten, manuscript work journal and diary of Mr. Frank W. Steele of Thornton New Hampshire. Mr. Steele is a succinct diarist noting work, duties and his employers as he scratched out a living doing carpentry, planting, logging, painting, wheating +++ Rarely missing a day Mr. Steele's work journal will provide, with more than a casual reading, a goodly bit of local history and genealogical info given the number of employers named. Overall VG.; Manuscript; 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall; HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, ... View more info

1849 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND SHIP'S LOG OF A YOUNG MAN AND 'SHIP'S BOY' CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE WORLD AND DESCRIBING IN DETAIL ALL HE SEES AND EXPERIENCES RIGHT OUT OF A PATRICK O'BRIAN NOVEL

By: FREDERICK C. COULTER

Price: $6,855.99

Publisher: 1849

Seller ID: 0007023

Condition: Good+


On offer is a rare, original and superb ship's journal handwritten by a very young serving as the ship's boy from the mid-1800s. Frederick C. Coulter, the author, is a 'Ship's Boy' on board the sailing vessel Matilda. A ship's boy or a cabin boy is a boy in the sense of low-ranking young male employee. His job generally was to wait on the officers and passengers of a ship, especially running errands for the captain. Ship's boys were usually 12-14 years old sometimes as young as 8 or 9 and also helped the cook in the ship's kitchen or galley and carried buckets of food from the galley to the fo... View more info

1876, 1878 + 1880 ORIGINAL GROUP OF THREE [3] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HAND WRITTEN BY A CITY ENGINEER BUILDING ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND IN THE HISTORIC CITY JUST NORTH OF BOSTON KNOWN AS THE 'CHICAGO OF NEW ENGLAND'

By: GEORGE A KIMBALL

Price: $5,455.99

Publisher: SOMMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS, 1876

Seller ID: 0008154

Condition: Good +


On offer are a group of three [3] original, detailed manuscript diaries handwritten by the City Engineer of what was known as the Chicago of New England. The diaries were written in 1876, 1878 and 1880. In 1876, George Kimball was the City Engineer of the city of Somerville, MA. Just north of Boston, Somerville was the scene of significant events in the Revolutionary War. Now, it was going through a rapid industrialization that would see its population mushroom from 15,000 to 90,000. The meatpacking industry was so large that Somerville was dubbed 'The Chicago of New England'. Brick-making was... View more info

1869 ORIGINAL, HOMEY ROCHESTER NEW YORK AREA MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A DESCENDENT OF AN ONTARIO COUNTY PIONEER

By: GEORGE A. WHEELER

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: ONTARIO COUNTY, NEW YORK, 1869

Seller ID: 0008083

Condition: Good


On offer is a late-19th century diary authored by George A. Wheeler. It measures 4 inches by 2 3/4 inches and is 100% complete. Although it is virtually complete, it is quite spare in content. The name on the inside cover is George A. Wheeler. Based on the place and dates it is probably George A. Wheeler (1856-1939), a descendent of an Ontario County pioneer Benjamin Wheeler, who came to the area around 1800. George studied at the East Bloomfield Academy and Lima Seminary, became a successful farmer, a president of the Ontario Agricultural Society, a county assessor, and an active member of th... View more info

1884 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HAND WRITTEN BY A VERY POLITICAL RHODE ISLAND MACHINIST, MERCHANT, OYSTERMAN AND BASS HORN PLAYER IN THE TOWN BAND

By: GEORGE AVERY

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND LOCUSTVILLE, 1884

Seller ID: 0008087

Condition: Good


On offer is an excellent and detailed diary of a Rhode Island businessman who was very active in his local community. The diary is in good condition. It measures 6 inches by 3 inches. The diary entries are 100% complete. There are several cash account pages partially completed as well as some memoranda notes. His entries are for the most part quite legible. George Washington Avery II was born in Groton CT February 18, 1847 and lived in what is now Westerly RI. At the time, it was also known as Locustville and there are some references to that later name. He died February 15th, 1928 and is buri... View more info

ORIGINAL 1852 LONDON DIARY - THE DIARY/JOURNAL OF GEORGE BEAUFOY RN, OWNER OF BEAUFOY VINEGAR FACTORY AND VICTORIAN ERA TYCOON OF ONE OF ENGLAND'S MOST IMPORTANT COMMODITIES

By: GEORGE BEAUFOY

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: London, England, 1852

Seller ID: 0008044

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a prize 1852 diary and journal of George Beaufoy, a prominent merchant in London, England. This book, which is in excellent condition, is an outstanding description of his 2nd year running this already century-old family firm. The book is 10 in by 9 1/2 in. The paperboard cover and all pages are in excellent condition. There are 224 pages and the book is 100% complete. The handwriting is clearly written, if somewhat difficult to read. George Beaufoy was born in 1796 and served in the Royal Navy from 1810 until 1851, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. In 1852 he took over the famil... View more info

1842 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG CLERK AT THE FOREIGN DEPARTMENT, WHO TEN YEARS LATER WAS APPOINTED AS HER MAJESTY'S JUDGE IN THE "HAVANA MIXED COMMISSION FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF THE SLAVE TRADE", AND WAS MURDERED WHILE IN SERVICE

By: GEORGE CANNING BACKHOUSE

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: London, England, 1842

Seller ID: 0008000

Condition: Very Good


This super original diary written by 24-year old George Canning Backhouse, gives an excellent insight into a life of a young man from the upper-middle class starting his diplomatic career and living in London during the early Victorian era. His father, John Backhouse (1784-1845), was a noted British politician, who served as a Permanent Under-secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and who retired the same year when the diary was written. One of the first records is a memo regarding his father's papers. In 1838 George Canning graduated from the Christ Church College in Oxford, and started work... View more info

1830s - 1870s ORIGINAL MASSIVE ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [50] AND HANDWRITTEN LETTERS [65+] DETAILING THE LIFE AND LOVES AND RELIGIOUS DEVOTIONS OF NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY COUSINS

By: GEORGE CRAWFORD MURRAY, LAVINIA MURRAY, JAMES M. HOAGLAND et al

Price: $5,885.99

Publisher: MIDDLETOWNE NEW JERSEY MONMOUTH CTY NEW YORK CITY, 1830

Seller ID: 0001523

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, massive archive of letters, notes, diaries, and some ephemera of particular interest to researchers, historians and collectors of mid 19th century New York City and New Jersey and religion of the day. The archive is made up of two [2] main components: 1) approximately 50 diaries and notebooks and 2) approximately 69 letters of inter-family correspondence, dated from the 1830s through to the late 1870s, they are mostly by and between three people; James Hoagland of Jersey City, New Jersey; Lavinia Murray of NYC and her brother George C. Murray of Middletowne, New Jers... View more info

1865 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 22 YEAR OLD CIVIL WAR VETERAN AND PENSIONER

By: GEORGE E. COWELL

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: TOWANDA, PENNSYLVANIA, 1865

Seller ID: 0001803

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original manuscript Civil War Era diary dated 1865 handwritten by George E. Cowell who lived near Towanda, Pennsylvania. About 22 years old at the writing George had been a soldier in Co C, 141st Infantry Pennsylvania. It appears that he had been discharged from the army when he wrote the diary making note of receiving a pension. He often noted meeting with his brethren. He made mention of the war and Lincoln's death several times. He was very sick with the measles when Lincoln was assassinated. Here are some snippets: April 4 It cleared up. At work for Mr Bradford with his son.... View more info

1884 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN INCREDIBLY HARDWORKING 31 YEAR OLD CONNECTICUT PEDDLER

By: GEORGE E. METCALFE

Price: $695.99

Publisher: Connecticut CT, 1884

Seller ID: 000989

Condition: Good


On offer is an original 1884 handwritten diary of a needle peddler, George E. Metcalf, of Connecticut. George was once a teacher; now he crisscrosses Connecticut as he sells needles, then oranges, then stationery, then back to needles. He zips across the state, first on train, or "the cars", but thinks nothing of walking ten or more miles between towns, peddling his wares. He gets a letter from his wife in early January that their baby is sick, so he takes the train home. One minute he's in Bristol, then Glastonbury, then Windsor Locks, then New Haven, then Poquonock, then Branford, th... View more info

1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA NOTABLE AND RENOWNED BOOKSELLER, APOTHECARY AND AUTHOR

By: GEORGE ELKANA MORTON

Price: $3,385.99

Publisher: HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA, 1886

Seller ID: 0001930

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational later 19th Century original manuscript diary handwritten by George Elkana Morton, noted bookseller, apothecary and wholesale druggist, publisher and author of Halifax Nova Scotia. [Curiously and enigmatically the diary has a handwritten ownership inscription of the Reverend John Forrest D.D. who was Dalhousie University president from 1885-1910. However credible research finds the book was in fact authored by George Morton as references to Morton's sister, his birth date, address, activities and other clues lead us to believe that the book was certainly written by Mor... View more info

1898 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND HANDWRITTEN TREASURE TROVE OF LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF A LARGE DAIRY FARM AND CREAMERY IN NEW YORK STATE

By: GEORGE F. VICKERMAN

Price: $1,225.99

Publisher: STORMVILLE DUCHESS COUNTY NEW YORK, 1898

Seller ID: 0001367

Condition: Good


On offer is an historical manuscript relic of Duchess County in New York State being the original handwritten diary of George F. Vickerman, a 25 year old. The diary is dated 1898 which was the year of the Spanish American War and there is a fair bit of mentioned of the war by George though he didn't fight. From the daily entries he manages if not runs or owns a large seeming dairy, creamery operation. There is much talk of going to Stormville, many times on his "wheel" he also mentions going to Green Haven, Poughquag, Hughsonville, Gay Head and Beckmanville. Local historians and resear... View more info

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1898 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG BOOK OF THE FAMED STEAM YACHT WINDWARD AS IT CROSSED FROM LONDON TO NEW YORK TO MEET IT'S FUTURE AND DESTINY WITH ROBERT EDWIN PEARY

By: GEORGE J. NORTON, First Mate

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD STEAM YACHT WINDWARD NORTH ATLANTIC, 1898

Seller ID: 0002305

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of Arctic exploration and humankind's unceasing attempts at discovery no matter what the adversity including the cold, vast unexplored wastelands of the North that drove men like Robert Edwin Peary to gamble with the money of their backers and the lives of the men employed to make those dreams come alive. This ship's log details the commencement of Peary's attempt to discover the North Pole in 1898 by way of the steam yacht 'Windward' which was being delivered to Peary in New York from London to be his flagship in Peary's second Arctic Expedition ... View more info

1856 ENIGMATIC PRE-CIVIL WAR HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A PIONEER, LABORER, PREACHER AND TRAVELING BOOKSELLER

By: GEORGE M. BURNETT

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: CANANDAIGUA NEW YORK NY, 1856

Seller ID: 000742

Condition: Poor


On offer is a very unique, fascinating and enigmatic pre-Civil War handwritten manuscript diary by George M. Burnett. At first glance Mr. Burnett appears to be an itinerant farm laborer but a closer reading reveals that Mr. Burnett is an important man in the community as a preacher and a bookseller. Based near Canandaigua New York he travels frequently to Shortsville, Naples, Manchester, etc. and discusses the sale of his books to other booksellers. Not easily read in spots and the book is fragile, but oddly someone has hand stitched some pages together. One such area has split open but one ca... View more info

THE 1882 MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF GEORGE W. BENNETT WHITEHALL NEW YORK

By: GEORGE W. BENNETT

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: Whitehall New York Wentworth New Hampshire, 1882

Seller ID: 000409

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Some diaries we read are so sad that your heart really goes out to them; well this is one of those diaries. Our author, George W. Bennett at the time this diary is written, 1882, lives in Whitehall, New York and is a very sick young man. He's 29 and has moved there from Wentworth, New Hampshire and has a job selling "machines". What kind of machines, one is not quite sure, but they are big but small enough to load several in a wagon for his selling trips. He also has a very sick mother back in New Hampshire and at one point makes it back just in time to tend to her right before she die... View more info

1845 - 1850 HANDWRITTEN FIRST HAND MANUSCRIPT OF THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR AND LEDGER OF A BUSY PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND MERCHANT AND JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

By: GEORGE W. GUILD

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: Providence Rhode Island RI, 1845

Seller ID: 0001065

Condition: Good+


On offer is a remarkable, historic handwritten manuscript relic of Rhode Island's involvement in the Mexican War and regional commerce being the journal and ledger of George W. Guild, who was a soldier in the Mexican War, a merchant and a Justice of the Peace in Providence Rhode Island. This 266 page hand numbered book was used from 1845 - 1850 as a ledger for Mr. Guild's prosperous business. He tended to do most of his invoices, notes, sales and orders on the right side of the open book. The left side was saved for other notes relating to store operations. It is here on these mostly blank pa... View more info

1899 - 1911 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 12 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY YOUNG, VERY BRIGHT IOWA BOY WHO EARLY ON SHOWS HE HAS AN 'OLD SOUL' FOLLOWING HIM THROUGH TO MANHOOD

By: GLENN W. HOVEY

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: MOUNT VERNON IOWA IA, 1899

Seller ID: 0001874

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating, original archive of 12 manuscript diaries handwritten by the personable and charming Glenn W. Hovey. The diaries dated 1899 through 1911 offer a rare opportunity to witness the development of this young Iowa boy from elementary school days to a 24 year old college man on the cusp of following his life calling. Along with the narrative Glenn's writings have the added depth of having tucked in a great deal of ephemera such as newspaper clippings, photos, documents etc. It is absolutely fascinating to see this young boy grow as his age and maturation progresses, so does... View more info

1892 - 1894 ORIGINAL PAIR OF FULLY WRITTEN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY THE DEPUTY POSTMISTRESS OF THE OSGOOD INDIANA WHO DETAILS THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A LATE 19TH CENTURY MID STATE INDIANA FAMILY

By: GRACE M. GRIFFIN

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: OWEN OSGOOD INDIANA, 1892

Seller ID: 0001897

Condition: Fair


On offer is a small group of two [2] interesting November 1892 through May 1894 manuscript diaries handwritten by Grace M. Griffin of Owen, Indiana. Grace is as many young women of the time occupied with friends and family and we read a more than casual interest by the writer in sewing and quilt making with frequent entries about she and her mother making aprons, dresses, clothes for her sister's dolls, a doll hat for a family friend's little girl +++. She also mentions many, many names of friends and visitors and she leads a very active life giving remarkable detail of a young woman's life in... View more info