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1826 - 1845 ARCHIVE OF 16 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN STAMPLESS LETTERS OF NAVAL BUSINESS AND VERY INTIMATE PERSONAL LETTERS FROM MOM TO US NAVAL SURGEON AND NOTED AUTHOR WILLIAM WAITHAM RUSCHENBERGER

By: MRS. ANN [WAITHMAN] RUSCHENBERGER et al

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: US NAVAL STATIONS: ANNAPOLIS PHILADELPHIA, 1826

Seller ID: DC01385

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a small archive of sixteen [16] original manuscript stampless, folded letters dated 1826 - 1845 addressed to United States Navy Surgeon William [Samuel Waithman] Ruschenberger to various naval stations in Philadelphia, Annapolis, Washington DC etc. These letters offer a very interesting view of the doctor with two very intimate letters to the very young William about some youthful indiscretion and money, a couple of letters from cousins, uncles and then the rest deal with Naval, medical, publishing and research issues. One online source provides: Dr. William Samuel Waithman Ruschen... View more info

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1870s ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] PARTIAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS OF LIFE, DEATH AND THE LEGACY OF HER HUSBAND

By: MRS. ARCHIBALD [ARCHIE] M. MCLAUCHLIN

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: LOWER PEACH TREE WILCOX COUNTY ALABAMA LOWNDES ASH, 1874

Seller ID: 0002398

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting group of three [3] partial letters and one [1] complete, 12 pages in all, dated c1870s Lower Peach Tree Alabama. Two of the letters are addressed to 'Dear Sisters' who we believe are Mary and Sarah McLauchlin. The others addressed to Annie. The author is we believe the wife, Kate, of Archibald 'Archie' McLauchlin [whose correspondence we list separately Seller Id# 0002376] passed away sometime in late 1875 or 1876. Archie who had done a good job keeping in touch with his siblings would have been pleased that his wife carried on and kept her sisters-in-law 'in the loo... View more info

1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A MAINE WOMAN DETAILING THE HORRORS OF INFLUENZA AND THE GRIPPE

By: MRS. DAVID (C.A.) CLOUGH

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: KENNEBUNKPORT MAINE ME, 1892

Seller ID: 0001370

Condition: Good


On offer is a interesting, historical manuscript diary dated Kennebunkport Maine 1892 a year noted for an epidemic of the Grippe or influenza. There were many tragedies but none so awful as the self inflicted deaths because of epidemic so bad that one woman hung herself and another man shot himself. The author, C. A. Clough, and her husband David suffered greatly. In fact David gets sick with it and survives through the fever but is sick in bed and almost dying for at least 7 months of the diary. Not only that, she also gets sick yet somehow still takes care of David. Then if that isn't enough... View more info

1863 DOCTOR'S WIFE WRITES DR. BRAGG - "HE IS STILL FROM HOME TO BE SOME BENEFIT TO OUR NOBLE WOUNDED TO THE LATE BATTLE FIELD"

By: MRS. J.B.VAN DEUSEN

Price: $299.99

Publisher: Kingston, Pennsylvania PA, 1863

Seller ID: 0MV173

Condition: Very Good


(CIVIL WAR - GETTYSBURG). MRS. J.B.VAN DEUSEN. Autograph Letter Signed, Kingston, July 10, 1863. Four pages, 8vo. Mere days after the main fighting at Gettysburg; to Dr. Bragg..."My husband was and is still from home when your letter came and a desire to be of some benefit to our noble wounded, took him to the late battle field, hence the delay." Concerned for her easily misled stepson soldier she writes "If he has bad associates I see no prospects of his being good, he is so easily led astray." VG. View more info

1873 BITTERSWEET HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY BY A HARDWORKING NEWLYWED WOMAN WHO INHERITS THE BABY OF HER DEAR DEAD SISTER-IN-LAW

By: MRS. ORIE A. PEASE

Price: $585.99

Publisher: New Hampshire, 1873

Seller ID: 000991

Condition: Good


On offer is the original handwritten bittersweet diary of a new bride Mrs. Orie A. Pease who was married on August 15th 1872. Mrs. Pease [b. April 13th] writes about her days whether they are days of sweet cozy love with her sweet husband [b. April 12th] or days of illness for herself, loved ones or neighbors. Most days whether cold or windy she keeps up cheerily about her happy times on Sundays when they can be together alone enjoying a quiet evening eating popcorn balls and molasses candy. The year for the most part wears on well though the chores never end and there are many illnesses and d... View more info

1862 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR LETTER FROM A LOVING AND LONELY WIFE HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING ENDS MEET

By: MRS. [CAPT.] WILLIAM B. ALEXANDER

Price: $585.99

Publisher: Boston Massachusetts MA New Bern North Carolina NC, 1862

Seller ID: 000892

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original handwritten 5 page letter dated Nov 5 1862 from a loving and very lonely wife addressed to "Capt. William B. Alexander Co. E. 23d Reg. Mass. Vols. New Bern NC." Hand delivered by Sergt. Appleton is written on the cover. Excellent war period letter from the home-front about Capt. Alexander's wife hinting towards needing more money; "I shall get my wood & coal for the winter wich is 8 & 10 dollars a ton so you see I cannot lay up much out of what you sent home & I suppose it must be because I am extravigant & dont know how to get along and keep house…" A... View more info

1836 - 1850 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT LETTERS TO THE PROMINENT PRE CIVIL WAR STEEL FIRM OF WM. JESSOP AND SONS DETAILING THE STATE OF THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY

By: Multiple Authors

Price: $2,195.99

Publisher: New York NY, 1836

Seller ID: 00MV372

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a wonderful archive of twenty [20] original manuscript letters [stampless covers with various postal cancels] dating from 1836 to 1850 all written to the steel firm of Wm. Jessop & Sons in New York with various signatures from the firms of Fullerton & Raymond (Boston), Curtis & Hand (Philadelphia), Cornett & Nightingale (Providence), George Stead (Baltimore), Bailey & Mason (Providence), J. & S. Bones & Co. (Augusta, GA), John Graveley (Charleston, SC), Wm. H. Johnson (Philadelphia), and Alex. Fullerton (Boston). Historians and researchers of pre Civil War steel making and general ... View more info

1832 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK DETAILING THE CRAFT, RULES, PROCEDURES OF FREEMASONRY

By: Multiple Authors

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: 1832

Seller ID: 0001272

Condition: Fair+


On offer is a super manuscript book detailing the craft of Freemasonry. The work of perhaps as many as six writers there are about 87 handwritten pages, no date though the endpapers are watermarked 1832. There are some initial pages cut but the tome starts with 'Lecture 1st Degree' and filled to the last pages with no further pages cut so it appears complete. Pliable red leather boards with gilt decorations to faces and spine attest to the value once placed on the book. Spine is heavily chipped at ends with about 3/4" missing at each. Spine is also heavily rubbed along length and has a few... View more info

1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT MULTI SIGNATURE DOCUMENT REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION AND FINANCE OF THE NEW CONGREGATIONAL MEETING HOUSE AT HOLMES HOLE MARTHA'S VINEYARD

By: NATHAN MAYHEW, JAMES BARROWS, CHARLES SMITH, JIRAH LUCE, STEPHEN SKIFF AND JOSIAH SMITH

Price: $855.99

Publisher: HOLMES HOLE TISBURY MARTHA'S VINEYARD MASSACHUSETT, 1844

Seller ID: 0001745

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 1844 manuscript letter/document regarding Holmes Hole, Martha's Vineyard, where Nathan Mayhew, James Barrows, Charles Smith, Jirah Luce and Leroy M. Yale have signed on as building a new Congregational Meeting House at Holmes Hole, Tisbury. To help finance the construction, these men have been put in charge of selling or leasing pews. Signed on second page by Nathan Mayhew, James Barrows, Charles Smith, Jirah Luce, Stephen Skiff and Josiah Smith. Document is 8 x 11 inches, folds, minor splits along folds, overall G. View more info

1817 - 1830 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE OF FIVE [5] LETTERS FROM THE NOTED FOUNDER OF GOODWIN MILLS

By: NATHANIEL GOODWIN, AMOS GOODWIN et al

Price: $1,845.99

Publisher: Goodwin Mills, Maine ME YORK COUNTY SACO KITTERY, 1817

Seller ID: 0001073

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super grouping of 5 handwritten stampless letters all from the Goodwin family of Biddeford Maine. The Goodwin family first settled in what is now Maine in the mid 17th century in Kittery, Saco, Biddeford and other areas in York County. Goodwins Mills was founded by Nathaniel Goodwin. Four of the letters are between Nathaniel and his son Amos during the time when Amos is attending the University at Cambridge. The last letter is to one brother James from A. G. Goodwin and Amos. They are dated 1817, 1818, 1821 [2], and 1830. They are all between 2-3 pages in length. While the archiv... View more info

1832 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT COPY AND STUDY BOOK RELATED TO ONE YOUNG MAN'S STUDY OF NAVIGATION, SAILING AND SEAMANSHIP

By: NATHANIEL OLIVER CORNWALL

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: CHESHIRE CONNECTICUT CT, 1832

Seller ID: 0001757

Condition: Good


On offer is an original 1832 manuscript copy book handwritten by Nathaniel Oliver Cornwall specifically related to his study of sailing, navigation and astronomy relative to a life at sea. The 44 pages include a number of drawings adding depth to this early 19th century study of nautical education. Mr. Cornwall, 16 years old at the time of writing, goes on to an interesting career as a medical doctor turned dentist. Further details follow. Overall G. BIO NOTES: Dr. Nathaniel Oliver Cornwall was born in 1816 (d.1903). As a child he attended local schools and then at about 14 years of age Nathan... View more info

1830 - 1867 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF FIVE [5] MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS HANDWRITTEN BY NOTED CONNECTICUT MEDICAL DOCTOR AND DENTIST PLYING HIS TRADE IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

By: NATHANIEL OLIVER CORNWALL

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: CHATHAM CONNECTICUT EAST HAMPTON CT BRAZIL, 1830

Seller ID: 0001760

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting archive of five [5] manuscript journals dated 1830 through 1867 handwritten by Dr. Nathaniel Oliver Cornwall (1816-1903) who was from Chatham, Connecticut, today known as East Hampton. Cornwall was a fascinating character would become a medical doctor and then later a dentist who spent a great deal of time in South America [a more detailed bio follows]. The archive will be of interest to historians and researchers of the era as the combined writings details on one hand the personal thoughts as the young man entered adulthood but also a reflection on the education he ... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A COLORFUL AND KEEN EYED OBSERVER OF MEXICAN BULLFIGHTING TO HER SISTER MRS. BRIGGS

By: NUATE [?]

Price: $655.99

Publisher: SAN LUIS POTOSI MEXICO, 1890

Seller ID: 0001786

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original and very colourful four [4] page manuscript letter dated 1890 from San Luis Potasi, Mexico and intriguingly the cover is from Mayor's Office and addressed to Mrs. A.L. Briggs of Rochester, New York from her sister who signed herself Nuate [?]. A very colourful writer, intelligent and well traveled: After briefly catching up with familial matters our author writes: 'Lottie was ashamed to tell you that she was queen of a bullfight. There was to be a sham bull fight not by the bullfighters but by young men and the bulls horns sawed off three inches and no bulls were ... View more info

1862 CIVIL WAR HANDWRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ARMY RECRUITER AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ADJUTANT GENERAL REGARDING DESERTERS

By: O.W. KEYES

Price: $559.99

Publisher: Holderness, New Hampshire, 1862

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV166

Condition: Good+


CIVIL WAR and New Hampshire interest: - 1862 letter from recruiter to New Hampshire Adjutant-General, re: deserters, etc., 2pp, 8vo. With reply on 3rd page from Adjt.-General. Aug. 28, 1862, Holderness [NH]. Re: recruitment of volunteers..."I have enlisted as you see 56 men. Plymouth comes here with 29 men. New Hampton with 21 men making 106 men here." Electing officers....- detailed description of deserter -- "...has I suspect left here to avoid the service..." Wants the state to send a man and money to find him. "I feel I have spent time and money enough myself..." O... View more info

1839 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN SPECIAL MATHEMATICS WORKBOOK WITH THE UNIQUE AND SUPERB ADDITION OF BEAUTIFUL AND DETAILED DRAWINGS OF 19TH CENTURY SHIPS AND NAVAL SCENES

By: OLIVER WHITFORD HOPKINS

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: JAMESTOWN, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, RI, 1839

Seller ID: 0009091

Condition: Fair+


On offer is an exceptional and fascinating document of a young, creative man’s studies in the first half of the 19th century. This is a wonderful school mathematics workbook with many of the things that make these books great to have, e.g. carefully copied mathematical formulas and problems, beautiful script handwriting, unique learning style, etc. However, what makes this workbook truly special and unique is that within its pages are contained numerous watercolor sketches of sailing and steam vessels along with more normal calculations. There is an 1812 battle scene watercolor of the Java a... View more info

1878 - 1887 HANDWRITTEN MINUTES OF ORILLIA SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETINGS OFFERING A GLIMPSE OF THE EARLY ONTARIO SCHOOLS HISTORY, AND LOCAL EVENTS, INCLUDING ELOPEMENT OF THE FIRST HEADMASTER OF ORILLIA'S FIRST HIGH SCHOOL

By: Orillia School Board

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: Orillia, Ontario, 1878

Seller ID: 0008008

Condition: Good


On offer is a book containing minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings of School Section No 4 covering the period from January 1878 to January, 1897 that gives an insight of what issues the school board dealt with in those years, including financial support, expenses, school building operation and selection of teachers. The book has 64 pages and includes minutes of 69 meetings, two pages documenting payments to a school teacher for the year of 1879. The school was built in 1876, a little more than a year before this book was started, and 7 years after Ryerson proposed his 1871 Education Act r... View more info

1888 ORIGINAL GERMAN MANUSCRIPT HISTORY AND GENEALOGY: BEAUTIFULLY CALLIGRAPHIC PRIVATE COPY OF RENOWNED BRITISH MILITARY HISTORIAN, AUTHOR, INVENTOR AND ONE TIME FRIEND OF INFAMOUS OCCULTIST ALEISTER CROWLEY

By: OTTO DE LA CHEVALLERIE

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: NAUNHOF GERMANY, 1888

Seller ID: 0001882

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb 19th Century manuscript relic of European genealogy and family history from the personal library of the fascinating and controversial Major-General John Frederick Charles Fuller CB, CBE, DSO (1 September 1878 - 10 February 1966), a British Army officer, author, military historian, strategist, notable as an early theorist of modern armoured warfare, including categorising principles of warfare. He was also the inventor of "artificial moonlight". He was also a noted occultist and for a time close friend of legendary occultist Aleister Crowley. The lovely 38 page red ... View more info

1865 PRUSSIAN MILITARY PASS WITH HOLOGRAPH NOTES OF SOLDIER PASSLER'S SERVICE AT THE BATTLES OF KONIGGRATZ, SEDAN, VERDUN AND PARIS

By: PASSLER

Price: $595.99

Publisher: PRUSSIA GERMANY, 1865

Seller ID: 000996

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb Prussian Soldier's Militair-Paß [Military Pass] and handwritten record of participation in Prussian campaigns against Austria and France. for a man named Pässler who served in the Prussian Infantry. The pass states Pässler: Geboren am 17 Juli 1844 zu ____ bei Hollburg. Sixth Infantry Regiment, 11th Company. Apparently he took part in the famous battle at Königgrätz [Sadowa] in 1866 [research suggests he was with Herwath von Bittenfeld's advance to Dresden in the Kingdom of Saxony, where they easily defeated the Saxon army of 25,000 and then joined with the First Army]... View more info

1883 - 1886 SMALL ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS SIGNED [ALS] REFERENCING LAND CLAIMS AND CROWN LAND REGISTRIES

By: PAUL GILLIE

Price: $685.99

Publisher: NICOLA VALLEY BRITISH COLUMBIA BC CANADA, 1883

Seller ID: 0001027

Condition: Very Good


On offer are three [3] original handwritten manuscript letters authored by Paul Gillie of Lakeview in the Nicola Valley British Columbia Canada. Two are dated 1883, January 15th and June 16th, the last dated February 18th, 1886. Gillie writes in the first two of land matters including of particular interest the settlement of ownership of Indian land, wherein Mr. Gillie notes "The Indians are to get 15 acres and I am to get 175 acres of pasture land. That is all the pasture land on my side of the Creek". The early letters also ask the recipient, Mr. Lettier of Victoria, British Columbia... View more info

1896 - 1920 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT POSTCARDS, LETTERS, PHOTOS AND EPHEMERA TO AND FROM ONE OF GERMANY'S PRE EMINENT FAMILIES AND THE MAN WHO SINGLEHANDEDLY GAVE HITLER THE REINS OF POWER AND THEREBY PUT GERMANY ON THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR II

By: PAUL VON HINDENBURG et al

Price: $3,955.99

Publisher: 1896

Seller ID: 0001486

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an amazing archive of 32 items of original, personal and intimate correspondence and ephemera dated 1896 through 1920 to the family Hindenburg, including writings by Hindenburg himself. Postcards, letters, personal messages, photos sent by Paul von Hindenburg and assorted aristocrats of the time to Hindenburg, his wife and children. Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, known universally as Paul von Hindenburg, the man almost singularly responsible for WWII, who as President of Germany placed Hitler in the position of ascension to Germany's head of state. Thi... View more info