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1864 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF SUTTON MASSACHUSETTS BOOTMAKER - COBBLER AND SUPPLIER TO THE UNION ARMY

By: S. DEXTER KING

Price: $1,849.99

Publisher: SUTTON MASSACHUSETTS ME, 1864

Seller ID: 0001015

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original handwritten manuscript Civil War era diary dated 1864 authored by S. Dexter King of Sutton, Massachusetts. Mr. King was a boot maker/cobbler and a supplier to the Union Army. Dexter does a commendable job as a diarist detailing his life including the weather, Church and Temperance meetings [even including some minutes from meetings in the back of the diary and from Children Temperance meetings] plus the many, many entries about making and delivering boots and having to do with military business. He mentions many names including: Charles H. Searles, Lucy Ann Sherman, Mr.... View more info

1802 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A VOYAGER ON THE FAMED USS CONSTELLATION DURING THE FIRST BARBARY WAR AND EARLY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS [USMC] CONTENT

By: SAM CHAMBERS

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: LEGHORN LIVORNO ITALY, 1802

Seller ID: 0001164

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a superb, original folded, stampless letter dated Leghorn Italy October 17, 1802 handwritten by Sam Chambers addressed to Gideon Lamson, Merchant Exeter, New Hampshire. This is a very early United States Marine Corps [USMC] and the First Barbary War related item. The writer describes and makes mention in this excellent letter of the Marine Corps written who were working in Tripoli, war with Tripoli, the ship notes ship the USS Constellation, and a duel, in which the Marine Captain was shot dead a day after Chamber's arrival. Here are some snippets: "I arrived here the 12th afte... View more info

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1888 ORIGINAL, CHARMING MANUSCRIPT LETTER HOME TO HER SIBLINGS IN NEW YORK STATE DESCRIBING HER LIFE IN POMONA CALIFORNIA 'NOW WITH 3 HORSES'

By: SARAH ?

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: Pomona California CA, 1888

Seller ID: 0002385

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original late 19th Century interesting, closely written, long, descriptive four [4] page manuscript letter dated (Pomona, California) Feb 24 (1888) from "Sarah," to her brother and sisters care of W. D. Yale, Houseville, Lewis County, New York, with printed religious tract envelope franked with US 2c green postage stamp, Pomona, Feb 25 postmark. Here are some snippets: "We now have 3 horses & sometimes 6 men & the Springs work goes on. He bought a big tan colored horse 'Fanny' ... a splendid work horse, but of course a poor match for the nervous, kicking little carri... View more info

1838 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY THE SENATOR FROM PENNSYLVANIA WHO PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS AND HELPS A WIDOW'S SON LAUNCHING THE CAREER OF A FUTURE ADMIRAL AND HERO OF THE CIVIL WAR PIERCE CROSBY JR.

By: SENATOR HENRY MEYERS

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON [DC], 1838

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00MV237

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super relic of American naval history being an original manuscript letter from Pennsylvania state Senator Henry Myers to Sec. of Navy Mahlon Dickerson urging Pierce Crosby's appointment as a Midshipman. Crosby would later go on to become a Navy Rear Admiral who played important roles in the Civil War commanding several ships and serving as Fleet Captain of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. This letter has remarkable content, as Myers "pulled out all the stops". Dated March 28, 1838 from the Senate chamber, this very full one page 8vo goes on to state: "I last ev... View more info

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1829 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CONTRACT AGREEMENT BY A NOTED BOLTON MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESSMAN HIRING TO 'CONVEY THE UNITED STATES MAIL'

By: SETH C. SMITH, AMORY HOLMAN et al

Price: $955.99

Publisher: BOLTON, NEW SALEM, BLOODY BROOK, MASSACHUSETTS, 1829

Seller ID: 0002254

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 19th Century manuscript relic of maritime trade and commerce being a two [2] page hand written agreement dated December 9, 1829 between Seth C. Smith of New Salem, Massachusetts and Amory Holman of Bolton, Massachusetts. The agreement is for Seth Smith to "convey the United States Mail from New Salem to Bloody Brook for three years from the first day of January must be completely secure from water or damage by an oil cloth or leather canvasing equably to and consistent with mail contract made by said Amory Holmann by the post office appointment..." The two page do... View more info

Image for 1850s ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A TUSKEGEE LAWYER WHO WILL ONE DAY CAPTAIN THE 61ST ALABAMA REGIMENT

1850s ORIGINAL GROUP OF FOUR [4] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A TUSKEGEE LAWYER WHO WILL ONE DAY CAPTAIN THE 61ST ALABAMA REGIMENT

By: SIDNEY B. PAINE

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: TUSKEGEE ALABAMA MACON COUNTY, 1851

Seller ID: 0002320

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating group of four [4] mid-19th Century antebellum manuscript letters handwritten by Sidney B. Paine of Tuskegee Alabama. Mr. Paine writes and reports to his Connecticut based client and friend E.B. Jennings of New London whom he represents and acts as agent and attorney. Over the course of the four, for the most part chatty, letters dated Jan 26 1851, Nov 6 1851, Dec 14 1852 and Aug 10 1853 one sees the warm relationship wherein matters of business relations devolve by the third letter to a demand for monies. The last letter while a to the point business undertaking makes... View more info

1886 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER REGARDING THE FAMED ARCHITECT'S SPEECH ON LUNACY

By: SIR EDMUND BECKETT

Price: $485.99

Publisher: London England, 1886

Seller ID: 00MV223

Condition: Very Good


On offer ALS Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe (1816-1905), known previously as Sir Edmund Beckett, 5th Baronet and Edmund Beckett Denison. He was a lawyer, amateur horologist, and architect. In 1851 he designed the mechanism for the clock of the Palace of Westminster, responsible for the chimes of Big Ben. He was also responsible for rebuilding the west front, roof, and transept windows of St Albans Cathedral at his own expense. Although the building had been in need of repair, popular opinion at the time held that he had changed the cathedral's character, even inspiring the creation and t... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF NOTED BRITISH INDUSTRIALIST, PARLIAMENTARIAN AND METALLURGIST

By: SIR HENRY WIGGIN

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: LONDON ENGLAND, 1896

Seller ID: 0007003

Condition: Good


On offer is a unique little packet notebook, once carried by a noted British industrialist and parliamentarian in 1896 and of particular interest to historians and researchers of metallurgy and metal refinement and associated technologies. Handwritten by Sir Henry Wiggin, 1st Baronet, born in 1824, the son of a draper. Although he was apprenticed to that trade, a friend of his father took him into his metal refining business, laying the foundation for the international metals firm Special Metals Wiggin. At 18 he became an employee of Evans & Askin, the metals refiner. In 5 years he was a partn... View more info

1861 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN REMEDIES, RECIPES, SALVES, CURES AND CHEMICAL FORMULAE COMPILED AND HANDWRITTEN BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COLOURTURIST AND WIFE OF ONE OF BRITAIN'S MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS

By: SOPHIE D. PRIDEAUX [MRS. CLARENCE EDMUND FRY]

Price: $2,585.99

Publisher: LONDON BRIGHTON DEVON ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1861

Seller ID: 0001168

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original manuscript journal with association to the early British photographic era being an October 15 1861 Victorian manuscript recipe and household journal of remedies, recipes, salves, cleansers, cures and chemical formulas for all manner of conditions handwritten by Sophie [Sophia] D[unkin] Prideaux a photographic colourist by profession and wife of the noted photographer and son of Edmund Fry early British photography giant and known Quaker, Clarence Edmund Fry who married Sophia Dunkin Prideaux [b.1838 Modbury, Devon] in Brighton [marriage registered in Brighton duri... View more info

1899 - 1909 ORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP AND MEMORY ALBUM OWNED BY RENOWNED CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND MISSIONARY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY NOTED MISSIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD

By: T.H. BLUNT

Price: $2,325.99

Publisher: NEW HEBRIDES KURDISTAN JERUSALEM CHINA, 1899

Seller ID: 0001431

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super relic of early 20th Century Christian Missionary outreach being an autograph album with handwritten, hand-drawn entries from noted Missionaries around the world. A printed card pasted on the front free endpaper identifies this as belonging to T.H. Blunt, Gorse Bank, Bury. The Reverend T.H. Blunt was an English author of 'A Plain Account of the English Bible, and its Translators from the Earliest Times'. Very charming with pastel paper pages with twenty-seven pages of with autographs, prose, biblical passages written by missionaries from New Hebrides, Kurdistan, Jerusalem an... View more info

1884 HANDWRITTEN AQS BY FORMER PRESIDENT OF YALE UNIVERSITY

By: THEODORE D. WOOLSEY

Price: $449.99

Publisher: 1884

Seller ID: 00MV14

Condition: Very Good


On offer a delightful mini card in glassine envelope handwritten by former President of YALE, THEODORE D. WOOLSEY [1801-1889]. American educator, b. New York City. Professor of Greek language and literature, Yale (1831-46); president of Yale (1846-71). Chairman, New Testament company of the American committee for revision of the English version of the Bible (1871-81). Author of editions of Greek classics and Political Science (1878), Communism and Socialism (1880), etc. AQS [in Greek] dated 1884, on 3 x 1-3/4 in. card. Pencil translation on back - "He that Loveth another Hath fulfilled th... View more info

1806 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF HISTORICAL PHI BETA KAPPA SPEECH AT THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY MEETING HANDWRITTEN BY THE SON OF PRESIDENT ADAMS

By: THOMAS BOYLSTON ADAMS

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: CAMBRIDGE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1806

Seller ID: 0001993

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb, historically significant 1806 manuscript essay: "A Disquisition upon the Philosophy of the Ancients pronounced before the society of Phi Beta Kappa, at their anniversary meeting at Cambridge 28th August, 1806", presented as a speech, this being the final draft with corrections, handwritten by Thomas Boylston Adams (1772 - 1832) the third and youngest son of President John Adams and brother to future president John Quincy Adams. The 15 page essay was read before the society on August 28th, 1806 and later published in the Boston Atheneum was read on the 30th anniver... View more info

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1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAYROLL AND REGIMENTAL RECORDS OF THE FAMED ROYAL WILTSHIRES

By: THOMAS EDWARD PINKETT

Price: $2,085.99

Publisher: ALDERSHOT ENGLAND UK, 1859

Seller ID: 0002238

Condition: Good


On offer is a super mid 19th Century manuscript relic of the noted British Army detachment the Royal Wiltshire Militia being a 150 page 1859 muster and payroll handwritten by Lieutenant Thomas Edward Pinkett which is chock full of data regarding the financial machinations of the noted regiment but also some diary entries relating to skirmishing, exercises, musketry training, records of letters sent and received plus: a number of double page monthly sheets are headed "Daily Messing A/c of the Detachment Royal Wilts Militia" containing Regimental No., Rank, Name, etc. Other pages record payslips... View more info

1881 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A PROMINENT COTTON MILL OWNER AND SOON TO BE GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA

By: THOMAS HOLT

Price: $955.99

Publisher: HAW RIVER NORTH CAROLINA, 1881

Seller ID: 0008086

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fine example of a brief letter written in the early 1880's by a prominent industrialist and politician. The letter is on printed commercial letterhead and measures 9 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. It is in excellent condition. The letter is on letterhead for the Granite Cotton Factory and Haw River Flooring Mills / Thomas M Holt, Proprietor. Dated January, 8th, 1881, it is written by Thomas Holt to his brother as a covering letter for an undisclosed payment on an outstanding loan: "I enclose my check for bal's due you according to your statement which I hope will be satisfactory... View more info

c1825 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF MATHEMATICAL RULES, CASES, EXAMPLES, AND DIAGRAMS RELATING TO THE ELEMENTS OF GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY IN LAND SURVEYING

By: THOMAS J. ?

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: RHODE ISLAND (?), 1825

Seller ID: 0009080

Condition: Good


On offer is a beautiful and very well preserved 1825 book of mathematics relating to various aspects of geometry, trigonometry, surveying and more. The book is an excellent addition to the collection of those who delight in seeing the products of education in first half of 19th century. “Geometrical Problems” which include boxes devoted to “parallel lines,” “to bisect or divide a given line in the middle” or “to draw an angle of 15 degrees” and a diagram below the words showing a drawing of that stated geometry. The next section is under the title “Mensuration of Superficies.... View more info

LATE 1700s/EARLY 1800s ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF MATHEMATICS RELATED TO NAVIGATIONAL AND SAILING SCIENCE, BY THE MASTER OF A SHIP GOING BETWEEN ENGLAND AND AMERICA

By: THOMAS LUNT

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1800

Seller ID: 0009164

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a large, fascinating late 1700s/early 1800s book of mathematics and navigational science. The book is quite large at 17” x 10.5” inches and about 70 pages in length. The subject headings include: “Logarithms,” “Division By Logarithms,” “Evolution by Logarithms,” “Rule of Three By Logarithms,” “Compound Interest by Logarithms,” “Geometrical Problems” (13 problems), “Plane Trigonometry,” “Right Angled Trigonometry,” “Oblique Trigonometry,” “Plane Sailing,” “Traverse Sailing,” “Parallel Sailing,”and “Middle Latitude Sailing”. Al... View more info

1816 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM PRIVATEER THOMAS TAYLOR, SEEKING ANY INFORMATION TO BRING ABOUT THE CAPTURE OF THE MAN WHO STOLE HIS SHIP AND ROBBED HIM OF HIS TREASURE

By: THOMAS TAYLOR

Price: $2,455.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND and DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, 1816

Seller ID: 0009102

Condition: Good


On offer is an fascinating original letter sent from Thomas Taylor, a well known privateer in Baltimore during the Spanish American wars of independence in Spanish America. The letter was sent to a Mr. Steven Badlam, Esq., of Dorchester, Massachusetts, dated “July 12, 1816” and signed “your humble servant.” It is a short account of three ships that had sunk north of Cape Ann in Massachusetts, containing treasure thought to be his, but instead taken by seemingly one of his men in his own ship. The letter states, in broken and misspelled English, that the “after sunk the vessels the Pr... View more info

1874 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PROMINENT RHODE ISLAND MERCHANT WHO TRAVELLING BACK FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO ENGLAND MEETS THE 3 SURVIVORS OF THE TRAGIC COSPATRICK SHIPWRECK AND DISASTER MERE WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT

By: THORNTON, FRANK L.

Price: $4,285.99

Publisher: ASEA SOUTH AFRICA ST. HELENA, ATLANTIC OCEAN, 1874

Seller ID: 0001832

Condition: Fair+


On offer is a sensational, original 19th Century manuscript travel diary handwritten by Mr. Frank L. Thornton a celebrated grain merchant who along with his family lived in Providence Rhode Island going back 200+ years. [From 'Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island, 1892: "The only house in Rhode Island engaged exclusively as a jobber of oat, corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat products….For some few years past he has been the leading source of supply for the goods handled and now controls a trade of considerable magnitude and importance reaching all over this section o... View more info

1887 ORIGINAL EARLY BASEBALL HANDWRITTEN ADVERT REQUEST "BATH BATTERY vs. GARDINER'S GOODMEN"

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $289.99

Publisher: GARDINER MAINE ME, 1887

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000627

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original July 28 1887 handwritten request that had been sent to the printers in Gardiner Maine as advertisement for a baseball game "Between Bath vs. Gardiner Goodmen, on the common, Thursday July 28th '87. Game called at 2.30 Sharp. Bath Battery - Brown and Dunning. Goodmen Battery - McKenny and Hutchings. The Baths are newly organized and are a strong Team, Gardiner will also present a strong team, and a fine Game is expected." Super early Baseball collectible. View more info

1821 SUPERB HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM THE CLOISTERED NUNS OF THE CARMEL MONASTERY OF TROYES TO THE PRIEURE [CHIEF ABBESSE] OF CARMEL OF MORLAIS

By: UNIDENTIFIED

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: TROYES FRANCE,

Seller ID: 00JT51c

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a superb tightly written three page 'Circulaire', an obituary for one Sister. The custom in France when a Carmelite nun would die they would write the life story of this sister and distribute to all of the Carmels in France. From the cloistered Carmelite nuns of Troyes to the Chief Abbesse of the Carmelites based in Morlais. Small loss at the stampless letter closure otherwise VG+. Lovely embossed paper seal of the Carmelites. Signed with initials. View more info