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1881 + 1883 + 1890 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS/DIARIES OF P.H. GRISHAM CIVIL WAR VETERAN, GENEALOGIST OF WASHINGTON DC ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA, ARKANSAS AND TENNESSEE

By: GRISHAM, PETER H., 2nd Ky. Cavalry

Price: $895.99

Publisher: USA, 1881

Seller ID: 000073

Condition: Good+


Three curious diaries/logs/journals of Peter H. Grisham [mustered out a Corporal of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.] Peter tends to write front to back and then change back to front in these 'pocketbook' type journal. Peter meanders making observations, jotting memories, detailing genealogical histories; Mrs. Mary Bevins, his sister, some famed people he knew through his father and notes the history of the family's steel works is in the snippets to follow. "July 10th, 1883. My duties have been arduous + have neglected to keep up any diary, regularly. I went to Arkansas - last May was a year - vi... View more info

ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT COPY OF THE 1845 RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF PHARMACY, KEPT BY ONE OF ITS MOST NOTED AND TALENTED MEMBERS, A GERMAN IMMIGRANT WHO MADE GOOD IN AMERICA

By: GUSTAVUS RAMSPERGER

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: UNIVERSITY PLACE, WAVERLY PLACE, NEW YORK CITY, NY, 1845

Seller ID: 0009093

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique and very interesting document in the history of pharmacology. It is the 1845 rules, regulations and bylaws for the New York City Board of Pharmacy. The book appears to belong to a man named ‘Gustavus Ramsperger.” The first page gives the title as the “Rules and Regulations of the Board of Pharmacy of the City and County of New York.” In the 10 pages that follow, the rules and regulations are expounded in eight articles detailing the duties of the executive board and its members, the examinations for potential pharmacologists, and the order of business for the board... View more info

1888 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A YOUNG WOODLAND CALIFORNIA GIRL HEADING TO THE MID-WEST - FUTURE AUTHOR/HISTORIAN OF IOWA [?]

By: H. A. DWELLE

Price: $885.99

Publisher: Woodland, California CA, 1888

Seller ID: 000614

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


On offer is a very scarce Pacific Coast Diary with entries from Wednesday November 28th to Sunday September 1st, 1888. Our writer appears to be a young woman; 18 to 20 years old we suspect. She has written H. A. DWELLE WOODLAND CAL. on the inner free endpaper. Miss Dwelle has over written the January 1st through June 29th pages but as mentioned the dates overwritten are in fact November 28th to September 1st. The first months involve a great deal of travel to Iowa City, Salt Lake etc. On return Miss Dwelle still travels a great deal but then mostly one to three day trips. She writes of teachin... View more info

1861 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF ONE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD MAN'S VOYAGE TO CUBA TO VISIT THE GRAVE OF HIS BROTHER AND DO A LITTLE BUSINESS AS THE CIVIL WAR BREAKS OUT AROUND HIM

By: H. CLAYTON

Price: $3,545.99

Publisher: PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA PA HAVANA MATANZAS CUBA, 1861

Seller ID: 0001098

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a beautifully detailed manuscript travel diary handwritten by Mr. H. Clayton from Pennsylvania. Mr. Clayton is on a journey of the soul, but being a railroad man he is drawn to his field of study while on his mission; traveling to Cuba to visit the grave of his brother, who died and was buried in Cuba in 1844. The diary covers his entire journey there and his time there and his journey back over approximately 75 pages dated from March 18, 1861 to April 24, 1861. The trip to Cuba is superbly detailed including catching fish, having his money and wallet stolen, and seeing all the thi... View more info

1866 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FARMER'S DIARY - WEATHER, CROPS, SUGARING, PRICES AND TREASURE FOR GENEALOGISTS

By: H.C. PIPER

Price: $869.99

Publisher: Dublin New Hampshire NH, 1866

Seller ID: 000724

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a Civil War era handwritten manuscript diary written by H.C. Piper. Mr. Piper is identified by an 1891 receipt. Oddly there is a stamped, embossed name on the free endpaper of 'Geo. W. Gleason'. Mr. Gleason is named later in the book as a client of the incredibly hardworking author. Perhaps Mr. Gleason sold or traded the book to Mr. Piper. Our diarist is the son of a farmer of what appears to be a large operation. Daily references of the weather and farm related duties along with social activities and local events are noted: chopping wood, haying, sugaring, sewing circle, harvestin... View more info

1867 - 1868 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN 11 YEAR OLD BOY IN POST CIVIL WAR PENNSYLVANIA

By: HAINES JR., R.B.

Price: $595.99

Publisher: Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1867

Seller ID: 000118

Condition: Very Good


With very nice penmanship most of the time, this notebook-style diary begins "1867 5th Month, 6th." and then proceeds to detail the daily activities of this charming young man, R.B. HAINES Jr., [we estimate to be about 10 or 11 years old given the amount of time he spends fishing and playing in the barn balanced with his responsibilities] through until October 1868. References to keeping and tending pigeons, gardening, building a chicken coop, greenhouse growing pepper mint, catnip, flowers, tomato and preparing for market and visiting friends and family are all noted. Travels include ... View more info

1870 + 1890-1903 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF LIFE AND TIMES & STAGE - STEAM - TRAIN TRAVELS DIARY

By: Hannah Blackburn

Price: $985.99

Publisher: New Waterford, Ohio OH / Columbiana Co., 1870

Seller ID: 000496

Condition: Good


On offer are two diaries originally belonging to Hannah Blackburn of New Waterford, Columbiana Co., Ohio. The earliest diary representing the year 1871 does not have her name in it but the second diary, representing the year 1890-1903 does have her name. The writing is very much the same in both diaries. The 1871 diary has 40 leaves both sides have long handwritten entries so therefore you actually get 80 pages of diary entries. The later diary has 24 leaves (both sides) or 48 pages. The earliest diary is actually more of a day to day journal starts on March 11th, 1871 and ends March of 1872, ... View more info

1880 ORIGINAL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY LEVI HARD, A FARMER FROM KENDALL, ORLEANS COUNTY, NY, DOCUMENTING FARMING ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL LIFE

By: HARD, LEVI

Price: $985.99

Publisher: KENDALL, N.Y. ORLEANS COUNTY, 1880

Seller ID: 0008014

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original diary of Levi Hard from Orleans County showing the life of a well-off farmer in a small New York town in 1880s, detailing his day-to-day activities including routine farming operations, fighting field blaze, and his social life. The diary covers the whole year, all pages are densely filled. At the time when the diary was written Levi Hard, was about 70 years of age and lived with his wife, their daughter and son-in-law lived nearby. They were growing crops, fruit and vegetables, and kept cows and sheep. Hard continued working himself and was often helped by his son-in-... View more info

1880 - 1921 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN ERUDITE AND EXPRESSIVE LATE 19TH CENTURY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR

By: HARLAN PAGE FRENCH

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Pleasant Valley [Cambridge] Vermont Albany New Yor, 1880

Seller ID: 0001922

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original manuscript diary handwritten by Mr. Harlan Page French, an expressive 19th Century business man and entrepreneur born in Pleasant Valley [Cambridge] Vermont but spent most of his adult life in Albany New York. In 1881 Harlan's business of French & Choate Stationer succeeded the Readers and Writer's Economy Company. His partner left the business in 1884. While not a day to day diary Harlan writes 154 handwritten pages in the 6" x 11" book beginning March 15th, 1880 through to February 13th, 1921 but sometimes not writing for years but he retrospectively bri... View more info

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1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN ALL-AMERICAN BOY-NEXT-DOOR WHO HAPPENS TO LIVE IN A TENT

By: HARLOW T KAYS

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: California, 1897

Seller ID: 0002571

Condition: Good+


On offer is a charming and unusual pre turn of the Century manuscript diary handwritten by a young, 12 year old, boy named is Harlow T Kays. Harlow it appears to live in a tent, one that is equipped with a kitchen in we think California. He lived/worked at a Dairy Creamery and went to a creamery dance making for a unique perspective of a late 19th Century boy. He writes about his daily activities, whitewashing, playing, sweeping the tent and stuffing up holes in the kitchen. He enjoyed reading Tanglewood Tales. He also talks about a bunk house and not making it to school because of chores. He ... View more info

1884 CHARMING HANDWRITTEN ACCOUNT OF ONE LEICESTER FAMILY'S TRAVELS IN NORTH WALES

By: HARRY SWETORS [?]

Price: $885.99

Publisher: Brynmair, the Morfa, Conway Wales Great Britain UK, 1884

Seller ID: 0001134

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an utterly charming diary of a trip to North Wales by a man and his family in 1884. The journal is approximately 60 pages, many with some small and excellent vignette pen and ink drawings and in a cultured and quite nice handwriting. The diary begins, as he catches a train at Chester, setting the amusing tone: "Caution! When about to travel by rail always give yourself plenty of time - do not leave anything to the last minute - otherwise you may have to rush off with your chin adorned with a stubble of nine and twenty hours growth - your wristbands unfastened, and with several ... View more info

1877 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A NEW YORK MAN WHO TRAVELS BETWEEN CITIES TO SELL HIS GOODS AND TRAVELS BETWEEN MORAL COMPASS POINTS CHAMPIONING HIS FIDELITY TO HIS GIRLFRIEND WHILE HE MAKES THE ODD DRUNKEN VISIT TO A HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE

By: HARRY VAN ZANT

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: NEW YORK CITY NEW YORK NYC NY, 1877

Seller ID: 0002176

Condition: Good


On offer is the original, interesting manuscript diary of a young traveling salesman living in New York City whose writings span January 1st, 1877 through August 8th, 1877 (though leaves blank the space between Feb 6-May 15). While at first glance this diary is a look at how a young man, whose name we believe is Harry Van Zant as per what appears to be an ownership signature on the rear endpaper, made his way as a salesman by day, factory worker, carouser and bit of a hell raiser by night, in New York City in the late 19th century, on further reading it is actually a love story. Our author is ... View more info

1887 - 1892 ARCHIVE OF THREE (3) ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARIES BY A VERY PROLIFIC 21 YEAR OLD HOLLAND NEW YORK GIRL

By: HATTIE BAKER

Price: $2,225.99

Publisher: Holland New York NY, 1887

Seller ID: 000020

Condition: Good+


On offer three diaries all belonging to Hattie Baker of Holland, New York. This first diary represents the year 1887 when Hattie turns 21 and I she was very faithful when writing in her diariy. Once you start reading this personal memoir her amazing life story unfolds which only makes the reader want to know more about Hattie. Intertwined between the pages of her diary you'll find subtle hints, little pieces to the puzzle that give our young woman a sense of mystery to her life. For example, on October 8th, 1887 she writes, "This day will never be forgotten, H & I".Or at one point in t... View more info

1869 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT EUROPEAN TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE EXCEEDINGLY BRIGHT YOUNG GIRL WHO IS THE NIECE AND WARD OF HER FAMOUS AMERICAN ARTIST UNCLE

By: HATTIE CARNES

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: Italy, 1869

Seller ID: 0008150

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript travel journal of a young woman who is closely related to two of America's significant art figures of the 19th Century. Measuring 6 inches by 3.5 inches, the journal contains 60 pages. It is approximately 66 percent complete. The covers and pages are in good condition. However, several pages are loose within the journal. The handwriting is legible. The journal is a record of Hattie Carne's trip to Italy in 1869. Hattie Carnes was born in 1858. She and her brother were orphaned after her father died in 1860 and her mother in 1863. She was raised by her uncle a... View more info

1874 THROUGH 1887 ARCHIVE OF FOUR [4] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF LIFE IN CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE

By: Hattie Jeannie Barnes

Price: $985.99

Publisher: Cooperstown Otsego County New York, 1874

Seller ID: 000691

Condition: Good


On offer is a treasure trove of Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York history and genealogy. The author, Hattie Jeannie Barnes, writes in four [4] handwritten manuscript diaries of life, usually hardscrap, always hard working, in early central New York State. The years covered are 1874, 1875 [?], 1876 & 1887. It should be noted that it is assumed to be 1875 though not positive as the first week or so of January is missing along with the census, dates etc portion missing. However research with dated calendars and the flow of writing lead us to believe with certainty of the date. Overall conditio... View more info

CURIOUS ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN 1876 JOURNAL OF ONE WOMAN’S TRIP ALONE TO THE WORLD’S FAIR CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION IN PHILADELPHIA AND ALL THE AMAZING SIGHTS AND FASCINATING INVENTIONS SEEN

By: Hattie Summer

Price: $3,385.99

Publisher: PHILADELPHIA PA PENNSYLVANIA BURLINGTON VT VERMONT, 1876

Seller ID: 0009009

Condition: Good


On offer is a wonderful and exciting handwritten diary of Hattie Summer, a young woman from the Northeast United States as she visits the World’s Fair Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. The diary is signed on the front cover, “Hattie L. Summer, Burlington, Vermont. Sept. 19. 1876.” Beginning on the first page are Summer’s “Notes on the ‘Centennial’”. The diary reads less like a narrative of a trip, than an exhaustive list and description of all sights seen in the Centennial Exhibition. The diary begins with a two page list of sights seen in the “Main Building” a... View more info

1895 - 1900 SUPERB ORIGINAL TRIO OF HAND WRITTEN NOTEBOOKS DETAILING THE NITTY GRITTY JOB OF POLICING THE STREETS OF BOSTON IN THE LATE 19th CENTURY

By: HAYDEN J. RINGER

Price: $3,955.99

Publisher: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, 1895

Seller ID: 0008049

Condition: Good +


On offer is a rare collection of police patrol notebooks belonging to the City of Boston Police Department. Dated 1895, 1897 and 1899, they give a detailed look at life on the streets of Boston at the turn of the 19th century. There are 3 volumes. The first is embossed with "Property of the City of Boston Police Department", and covers the calendar year 1895. It measures 6 inches by 31/2 inches and contains 365 dated pages plus memoranda pages. The daily pages are 100% complete. The second book has a printed title page identifying it as the "Diary For Police Department of the City... View more info

1876 ARCHIVE OF FIFTEEN [15] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BETWEEN WOOD FAMILY MEMBERS IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK, HANOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ST. JOHNSBURY VERMONT

By: HELEN WOOD & FAMILY

Price: $985.99

Publisher: ST. JOHNSBURY VERMONT VT, 1876

Seller ID: 000835

Condition: Good


On offer is an archive of handwritten manuscript letters that belonged to Helen Wood of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The letters, which date circa 1876 - 1888, interestingly are both to and from Helen. In all there are 15 letters and 7 of those still have their envelopes. Then there are 9 empty covers. These letters will be of particular interest to historians of the era as the correspondents were detailed in their writings. One letter written to Helen by a friend living in Brooklyn New York dated 1887 relates over 4 pages a fascinating account of the way Brooklyn is changing especially 5th avenue.... View more info

1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WORLD TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 'TYPICAL' VICTORIAN GENTLEMAN

By: HENRY A. WHITEHEAD

Price: $1,785.99

Publisher: Shustoke Warwickshire England, 1892

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0001354

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super original 19th Century manuscript travel diary in a premium leather bound notebook of about 200 pages of lined paper. Signed and dated 1892 by Henry A. Whitehead on the first page. [Research suggests Whitehead was vicar of the village in the mid nineteenth century.] The journey starts from Shustoke in Warwickshire, via Birmingham to Liverpool, where the author with his companion McWilliams boards his first boat The Mareotis, at Huskisson Dock, bound for Gibraltar, Tangiers, Algeria, Malta, Alexandria, Ramleh, Cairo, Aden, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Durban and beyond. This is a ve... View more info

1856 & 1857 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES BY THE SON OF A DISTINGUISHED MAINE FAMILY WHO GOES ON TO GREAT PERSONAL FAME FOR HIS SERVICE IN THE CIVIL WAR WITH THE 5TH MAINE REGIMENT

By: Henry Ripley Millett

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: LEEDS GOREHAM MAINE CAMPELLO MASS MA, 1856

Seller ID: 0001058

Condition: Good+


On offer are two mid 19th century, pre Civil War, handwritten manuscript diaries dated from 1856 and 1857 and both belonged to Henry Ripley Millett who was originally from Leeds and Gorham Maine. Henry had quite a distinguished background and would also come to distinguish himself as Colonel Millett of the 5th Maine Regiment during the civil war. [Henry Millett was the cousin of Frank D. Millet, the artist, who was director of decorations for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair Columbian Exposition.] Henry was born in Leeds on September 23rd, 1832. He was the son of Thomas and Elmira A. Day Millet. ... View more info