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1849 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT STATEMENT OF MR. MYERS DETAILING THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE AND THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND POLITICS BY A BUSY TAVERN OWNER, LAND HOLDER AND MASON FROM GEORGETOWN IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

By: for JOHN MYERS

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: FREDERICK COUNTY, 1849

Seller ID: 0002093

Condition: Fair


On offer is a fascinating pre Civil War era handwritten statement given by a Mr. Myers, likely John Myers, of the Georgetown section of the District of Columbia. He was a tavern owner, land owner and Mason from Georgetown. Economic and political conditions are discussed in the statement. The two page, on one leaf, 54 line, 1849 testament begins: "Mr. Myers was here and gave his statement. Geo. Town seems to be more depressed than ever all accts from there state it to be extremely dull…" The unknown writer goes on to note from Myers oral statement that the Tavern now rents for $250…... View more info

1872 - 1886 SMALL ARCHIVE OF 4 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS DETAILING WOODS HOLE MASSACHUSETTS LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

By: FRANCES MESSER, EMMA C. HAYWARD, ADDIE et al

Price: $885.99

Publisher: WOODS HOLE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1872

Seller ID: 0001121

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a small archive of four [4] letters manuscript handwritten and dated from Woods Hole Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts dates include 1872, 1884, 1885 and 1886 to Mrs. Messer with a variety of super local content and names, including: 1885 Christmas celebration at The Hall and description of tree and decorations; 1884 Democratic election festivities with band, procession, rows of Chinese lanterns; sad death of Cousin Owen. Correspondents: Daughter Frances; friends Addie and Mason; Emma C. Hayward. Approx. 24pp. Overall VG+. View more info

1826 - 1845 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT COBBLER'S LEDGER AND SUPER RELIC OF NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMERCE AND ECONOMY

By: FRANCIS PINGREE

Price: $1,345.99

Publisher: SUNAPEE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1826

Seller ID: 0001124

Condition: Good


On offer is a super manuscript ledger with entries dated between 1826 -1845 handwritten by Francis Pingree of Sunapee, New Hampshire. Pingree's main business was as a shoe maker and cobbler but he was also a day laborer and his entries reflect the hardscrap daily life an economy in early 19th century America, with services rendered including: mending shoes, bricking chimney, carting earth, working on highway, haying and much more. The ledger also has many entries for items purchased, including cheese, rum, honey, and much more. The many, many dozens of names will delight local historians... View more info

1866 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER DISCUSSING THE HURRICANE AND SHIPWRECK OF THE FAMED PADDLE-WHEEL STEAMER THE EVENING STAR TO HIS BROTHER ABOARD THE CUSHING

By: Fred O. Hichbe

Price: $449.99

Publisher: STOCKTON MAINE ME, 1866

Seller ID: 00MV183

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super maritime letter handwritten by Fred O. Hichbe of Stockton, Maine, Nov. 4, 1866, 2-1/2 pp, 8vo. He writes to his brother Will who is a sailor aboard a ship called the Cushing [Fred's father may well be the Captain as Fred relates details the Father has passed on regarding the difficulty of the voyage], probably an officer who suffers the hurricane that caused the famous loss of the paddle steamer Evening Star which Fred relates to Will as it appears Will was on the same route from New York to New Orleans. HISTORICAL NOTE: Early on the morning of October 3rd, 1866, the paddle... View more info

1826 ORIGINAL EARLY 19TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT CYPHERING AND MATHEMATICS BOOK HANDWRITTEN BY A SARATOGA COUNTY NEW YORK MAN

By: FREDERIC DAMON HATFIELD

Price: $885.99

Publisher: SARATOGA COUNTY NEW YORK, 1826

Seller ID: 0001717

Condition: Fair


On offer: a handwritten manuscript/cypher calligraphic book written by Frederic Damon Hatfield from the Saratoga County, NY area. Dated 1826, this book was used as a school book and covered mostly math. Measuring 13" x 7.5", this softcover is lightly worn (more so to first and last leaf, from being used as covers), with a few very minor tears and minor edge wear, one page detaching but the rest firm; nice calligraphic ink writing, mostly of hand written mathematical tables and equations some just filled with thought. There are also a few mentions of dollars, shillings and pence, and ... View more info

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1878 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF OLD SAN FRANCISCO POLITICS AND THEATER AND LUCKY SURVIVOR OF THE CATASTROPHIC 1906 EARTHQUAKE

By: FREDERICK HENRY ADAMS

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: San Francisco, California CA, 1878

Seller ID: 0002326

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original 1878 manuscript relic of San Francisco history being a comedy play staged in five acts handwritten by Frederick Henry Adams. [Tucked in is an official Library of Congress Copyright Office Washington declaring in February 1878 that Frederick Henry Adams holds copyright.] The play takes place at the original Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1876 and is about collapse of the Comstock Lode and references many politicians of the day. The book is entirely handwritten, at least 100 pages there are apart from the play proper other handwritten notes; corrections to names i... View more info

1899 ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT REPORT MADE FOR THE PRUDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY REGARDING THE MORTALITY OF POTTERY CRAFTSMEN

By: FREDERICK L. HOFFMAN

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: USA, 1899

Seller ID: 0001829

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating relic of late 19th Century medical analysis specific to craftsmen of pottery being a typed manuscript titled the "Final Report on Mortality and Disease Liability of Potters". It is dated Dec. 21 1899. The cover is handwritten but the document is typed, and all tied together with ribbons at the top. It is 124 pages long and last page is signed by FL Hoffman [Frederick L. Hoffman, LLD 1865 - 1946] of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, in their statistical department, He was a leader in Government Health Policy during this period. The condition is good for i... View more info

c1890s ORIGINAL,UNIQUE, MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] HANDWRITTEN BY THE NOTED NORWEGIAN POET

By: FRITS THAULOW

Price: $1,145.99

Publisher: London England, 1890

Seller ID: 0001413

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a charming, original manuscript letter undated though assuredly circa 1890s handwritten and boldly signed by Norwegian artist, Frits Thaulow. Sent from the Princes Hotel in London to a Mr. Edwin Davies [as mentioned in the body of the letter] Mr. Thaulow confirms his desire to meet and review the gentleman's collection. Collectors and historians of the artist will recognize that autograph and manuscript items in his hand are extraordinarily rare [at this writing we can find nothing else online]. BIO NOTES: Frits Thaulow (20 October 1847 - 5 November 1906) was a Norwegian impression... View more info

Image for 1885 ORIGINAL NINE PAGE AUTOGRAPHED LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNION REFINING COMPANY IN MONTGOMERY ALABAMA TO HIS CORPORATE BANKERS IN CINCINNATI OHIO

1885 ORIGINAL NINE PAGE AUTOGRAPHED LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNION REFINING COMPANY IN MONTGOMERY ALABAMA TO HIS CORPORATE BANKERS IN CINCINNATI OHIO

By: G.H. DUDLEY

Price: $895.99

Publisher: Montgomery Alabama AL, 1885

Seller ID: 0002354

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting, original nine page manuscript letter dated July 20th 1885 handwritten cotton seed oil tycoon and president of the Union Refining Co of Montgomery G.H. Dudley to D.J. Fallis of the Merchant National Bank Cincinnati Ohio. The letter reads much like a report to the 'head office' rather than a separate corporate entity implying the state of the cotton business in the South and the important role played by Northern and Eastern banks. [We note that the corporate letterhead names a Jonathan T. Fallis as a Secretary of Union Refining Co of Montgomery and could not help wond... View more info

1820 MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL: Annals of Curling Documenting the Early History of the Hamilton [Scotland] Curling Club Complete with Club Song - RARE EARLY RELIC OF THE ROARING GAME

By: Gavin Yuille

Price: $5,285.99

Publisher: HAMILTON SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SCOTLAND, 1820

Seller ID: 000002B

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original 1820 handwritten account giving details of the start of the Curling Club in Hamilton, Scotland. The title page reads "Annals of Curling" by Gavin Yuille. Hamilton 1820, In November Seventeen Hundred and Seventy Seven years it was granted by the hon. Magistrates and town council that the Society of Curlers in Hamilton shall have full power and privilege to make and retain a loch of water". The six written pages tell of the start of the Society, who the members are and a curling Song of the group. Singularly unique ancient collectible of the sport. The book pr... View more info

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1887 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY AN ITINERANT NEAR ILLITERATE THOUGH WONDERFULLY DESCRIPTIVE TRAVELER

By: GEARY BEAM

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD SPARROWS POINT MARYLAND, 1887

Seller ID: 0002407

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original 1887 rather naïve three page manuscript letter handwritten by a young itinerant traveler, Geary Beam to his brother Wesley letter with an interesting narrative of his travels to the Baltimore area for work with a companion. Here are some snippets: "I am down 9 miles below Baltimore by water and 15 miles below Baltimore by land there is only three houses that you can see around and one of them is the other side of the river." No place to sleep..."we went down along the river and we found an old boat laying out on shore...shuved it into the river...old ... View more info

1807 NEAR MINT NAPOLEONIC MILITARY CONSCRIPTION ORDER FEATURING EXCEPTIONAL VIGNETTE

By: GENERAL DE BARRAL, CHANCELLOR OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR

Price: $349.99

Publisher: France, None: 1807

Inscription: Signed in Print

Seller ID: 0JT115

Condition: Very Fine


Stunning vignette on this near mint, rare as such, military edict printed in 1807 regarding the conscription of 1808. View more info

1864 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY THE SISTER OF NOTED CONFEDERATE GENERAL AND 3 TIME PRISONER OF WAR WHO WOULD LATER BECOME A US SENATOR

By: GENERAL EDMUND WINSTON PETTUS' SISTER

Price: $2,585.99

Publisher: GEORGIA ALABAMA [?], 1864

Seller ID: 0001435

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational, original 1864 diary like manuscript letter handwritten by the sister of the noted Confederate General Edmund Winston Pettus. The long, six page, densely written letter on folio sheets, approximately seven inches wide, are unsigned and General Pettus is only referred to as her dear brother but casual research of her writings describe Pettus' 3 time status as a prisoner of the war plus other descriptions wherein Pettus' sister also details other facts that can again only be attributed to Pettus. Truly unique insider content regarding the return of soldier's to the deep... View more info

1835 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] BY NOTED GENERAL WHO DEFEATED JOACHIM MURAT IN THE NEAPOLITAIN WARS

By: GENERAL GUILLAUME DE VAUDONCOURT

Price: $545.99

Publisher: FRANCE, 1835

Seller ID: 00JT37b

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a densely written in beautiful handwritten script a long 1833 autograph letter of recommendation by a noted general of Napoleon's army, Guillaume de Vaudoncourt (Frederic Francois) for the benefit of M. Hereaux. BIO NOTES: de Vaudoncourt: Born: 25 September 1772; Chef de Brigade: 19 July 1800; Colonel: 22 July 1812; Colonel: 18 June 1806 (Regiment d'Atillerie Legere Italien); General de Brigade: 30 May 1809; Died: 2 May 1845. He defeated Murat's army in the Neapolitan War. VG+. View more info

1889 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPHED LETTER SIGNED BY SAINT JOHN NEW BRUNSWICK METHODIST CHURCH MAN WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH TO THE SON OF A FORMER PASTOR

By: GEORGE A. HENDERSON

Price: $665.99

Publisher: Unknown, 1889

Seller ID: 0001729

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting manuscript letter handwritten by George A. Henderson dated Saint John (New Brunswick) May 29, 1889 regarding the Methodist Church's history in Saint John. He writes, most likely to Francis Fidler of Philadelphia), about the Centenary Methodist Church of Saint John completing its' 50th year of service. He says he was assigned the duty of writing about the Church since its' inception in 1839, but has decided to go back farther in time to the beginnings of Methodism in Saint John. He asks Mr. Fidler about his father, who was also a Pastor, if he kept a diary or any othe... View more info

1861 - 1864 ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A 19th REGIMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER TO HIS DEAR FRIEND AND FORMER BOSS DAVID SMITH: SUPER CIVIL WAR CONTENT

By: GEORGE B. CARLTON

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: 1862

Seller ID: 00MV127

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a superb archive of eleven [11] original manuscript letters [ALS] handwritten by George B. Carlton of Newburyport, Massachusetts, a member of Co. B of the 19th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers in the Civil War. The letters were all written to Carlton's former employer in Newburyport, Mr. David Smith. Excellent primary Civil War content, unseen for 150 odd years coming recently from the estate. These letters date from December 8, 1861 to May 22, 1864 [nine written in 1862], mostly 5 x 8", total 28pp. Here are some snippets of the fine Civil War content: [8/12/61] "... Si... View more info

1889 CHARMING GROUP [17] OF ORIGINAL LATE 19th CENTURY LOVE LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG AMERICAN LIVING IN CHILE AND WOOING AN ILLINOIS GIRL ALL THE WHILE DESCRIBING LIFE IN SOUTH AMERICA

By: GEORGE BAMBACH HAWES

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: CONCEPTION CITY, CHILE, 1889

Seller ID: 0002603

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, rather intriguing group of letters [17 w/10 covers] written by a young American gentleman living in Chile circa 1889 whose name we conclude was George Bambach Hawes as evidenced by a letter addressed to a Myra S. Curtis. Hawes apparently died in 1917 and this letter typed in Spanish is from Elena Bambach Hawes. All letters except for three are from George and dated 1888 and 1889. The letters are quite lengthy some five or six pages several double sided. George lived in Conception City, Chile working for Banco de Concepcion as a bank teller. All of George Bambach Hawes lett... View more info

CIVIL WAR c.1862 ADS SEEKING TRADE OF POTATOES FOR RIFLE SADDLE AND BRIDLE

By: GEORGE BENEDICT

Price: $129.99

Publisher: Washington County, Ohio, 1862

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000419

Condition: Fine


GEORGE BENEDICT - Commissioner, Wash. Co., Ohio. Signed document, no date, though former owner's research suggests 1862 as the relevant date, 1p, 4-3/4 x 4-1/4 in. Describes interesting trade agreement - he will accept potatoes in exchange for rifle, saddle and bridle. View more info

1838 Handwritten Manuscript Document: Dismissal Statement Middlesex and Gorham Baptist Church Members

By: GEORGE DOUGLAS

Price: $225.99

Publisher: GORHAM NEW YORK, 1838

Seller ID: 0001152

Condition: Good


On offer is an original historical manuscript document 'Letter of Demission of the Commitment member of the Middlesex Church' the Baptist church of Gorham [NY] to dismiss members for the purpose of forming themselves into a church and when so formed shall consider them dismissed from us'. Thus follows a list of names numbering 27 follows the above statement which is signed by George Douglas and dated 3rd March, 1838. Usual folds, some age-toning overall G. View more info

1889 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM A RECENT TRANSPLANT TO SELMA, ALABAMA, A CIVIL ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR WHO DETAILS HIS NEW LIFE IN THE DEEP SOUTH AND THE KINDNESS OF HIS NEW NEIGHBORS

By: GEORGE H. CLARK, CIVIL ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: SELMA, ALABAMA, 1889

Seller ID: 0009105

Condition: Good


On offer are four lovely pages of heartfelt thank you from George H. Clark, a recent transplant to the Selma, Alabama area, to Richard Smith, a lawyer and friend, dated January 15, 1889. In gorgeous handwriting and flowery language, Mr. Clark thanks Mr. Smith for “the generosity and heartyness of the assistance rendered me in my difficulties here,” and for his “expressed sympathy for my ventures and belief in its success.” “There are already plenty of poor Engineers in the state,” Mr. Clark states, “and the success of a newcomer will depend on his living mark of a totally better ... View more info