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1864 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 71 MANUSCRIPT TELEGRAMS WITH ORDERS FROM THE WAR DEARTMENT OF THE UNION INCLUDING THE PROVOST GENERAL, THE SECRETARY OF WAR et al

By: JACOB F. BLUM, H.B. REED, FRANK P. MUHLENBERG et al

Price: $3,385.99

Publisher: 1864

Seller ID: 0001441

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a significant, historical relic of the Civil War being a book of 71 bound-in original handwritten telegraphs dated from May 19, 1864 to December 6, 1864. All appear to be handwritten and all have been folded at least 2 times or more. Many have original autographs by the sender. Several different types of paper were used to write them on. All in excellent condition. Examples of some of the subjects of telegrams are: Where to send white and colored recruits; payment amounts for recruits; forbidden furloughs granted to recruits by Provost Marshalls; Arrest Acting Masters Mate Edw. P... View more info

1870s ORIGINAL FORT EDWARD SEMINARY SCRAPBOOK COMPILED BY A YOUNG TEENAGE STUDENT AND BIBLIOPHILE WHO WOULD GO ON TO RUN THE LIBRARY, TEACH AND LECTURE EXTENSIVELY

By: JAHU DEWITT MILLER

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: Fort Edward, New York, 1870

Seller ID: 0008029

Condition: Fair


On offer is an absolutely fascinating scrapbook that belonged to Jahu DeWitt Miller. Dated 1876, it was put together when Miller was 19 and working as a lecturer and teacher at the Fort Edward Institute in upstate New York. The book measures 7 inches by 5 and 3/4 inches. The binding on the book is broken and the pages are loose. However, they are intact and contain a veritable goldmine of notes, jotting, etc. There are an estimated 100 pages and of these, and estimated 80% are complete. Miller began his studies at age 14 at the Fort Edward Institute - a collegiate or seminary as they were know... View more info

1863 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTERS - TWO AUTHORS - ONE PIECE OF PAPER - TWO SEPARATE LETTERS - CIVIL WAR SAILORS WRITE HOME

By: JAMES AND BENJAMIN

Price: $229.99

Publisher: Boston, 1863

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV239

Condition: Very Good


[CIVIL WAR NAVAL] ALS, USS Marion, Boston, Mass., "Sabbath morning Aug. 23, 1863", 2 pages. Each page is a separate letter to friends at home. Both are complete but bear no signatures. Each begins mentioning the other - Benjamin and James; both are sailors serving on board the Union vessel USS Marion. Benjamin writes of buying alpaca, church and visits. James in his letter mentions sick men and doctor coming on board who writes prescriptions partially in Latin, which he cannot read - it appears it is James duty to tend the ill after doctor is gone. He further mentions Lt. Kane, a trip ... View more info

1844 ORIGINAL, CHATTY MANUSCRIPT LETTER HAND WRITTEN BY AN ENGAGING BROWN UNIVERSITY SOPHMORE

By: JAMES FLETCHER BLACKINTON

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, 1844

Seller ID: 0007031

Condition: Good-


On offer is an excellent piece of original correspondence from early 19th century America. This 3-page letter measures 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches and is in excellent condition. The handwriting is very neat and quite legible. The letter was written by James Fletcher Blackinton of Providence, RI in 1844 while he was a Sophmore at Brown University. Written to an unknown male recipient, the letter is an effort to explain certain actions that he took while on a trip to another town. Reading into the lines, it would appear that he either rented or borrowed a horse for the journey. He explains his jour... View more info

1829 ORIGINAL MASSIVE MANUSCRIPT MATHEMATIC AND ARITHMETIC CYPHERING COPYBOOK FILLED WITH COMPLEX AND BASIC EQUATIONS AND SOLUTIONS

By: JAMES McDONALD

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: BULLS FERRY NEW JERSEY, 1829

Seller ID: 0001671

Condition: Fair


On offer is a super, original 1829 manuscript mathematics copybook and school book handwritten by James McDonald of Bulls Ferry, New Jersey and was bought October 11th, 1829. The book features beautiful period penmanship. The breadth and depth of this copybook is remarkable with many dozens of complex and basic problems and solutions and explanations including: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, simple reduction, apothecaries' weight, long measure, land measure, liquid measure, dry measure, and compound addition and subtraction. Some of the money problems are in "F... View more info

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1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA MAN KEEPING UP WITH HIS FRIEND IN MISSISSIPPI

By: JAMES RAGSDALE

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA, COLBERT, MISSISSIPPI, 1844

Seller ID: 0002439

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, three [3] page original manuscript relic of ante bellum Alabama being a handwritten letter signed James Ragsd(ale?), some small portion is torn away at the seal, addressed to John B. Fitts, of Colbert, Mississippi in Lowndes County with a Huntsville Alabama postmark. The letter while somewhat challenging to read provides an interesting peek into the times of in the Deep South in the decade before the Civil War as the content discusses the state of their business dealings together, the business of Doctor Moore, wages, money scarcity, Col. Harston (?) being sick, hurt... View more info

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1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR LETTER SHOWING THAT WAR ALONE CANNOT STOP PROGRESS OR COMMON COURTESY AS THE MAN IN CHARGE OF BUILDING THE BALTIMORE COURTHOUSE PROVES

By: JEROME B STILSON

Price: $1,595.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1863

Seller ID: 0002402

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original Civil War manuscript letter handwritten by Jerome B. Stillson, Baltimore, MD to Nehemiah Osburn, Rochester, New York. Stilson is in the process of building the Baltimore Courthouse, a project started in 1860, put on hold due to the War and then restarted sometime later as evidenced by the 1863 letter to Nehemiah Osburn scion of a construction empire in charge of the project. Given the ferocity of the war and Baltimore's location on a major fault line the construction letter is as fascinating as significant. First Stilson, a very pious Christian and kindly man, dis... View more info

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1846 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTERS [2] HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF ALABAMA'S LEADING COTTON FACTORS AND WHY COTTON WAS INDEED KING IN MOBILE

By: JOHN B. TOULMIN

Price: $1,485.99

Publisher: MOBILE, ALABAMA, 1846

Seller ID: 0002291

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super, original, significant 1846 autographed pair [2] of manuscript stampless letters dated Mobile Alabama handwritten by John B. Toulmin to Abraham Bell & Son, New York City. The business letters from one of the leading cotton factors in 19th Century Mobile, Alabama exemplify the importance of the cotton trade, shows the international nature of cotton and how a receivable from New York City even in 1846 could affect claims in Mobile a commercial town filled lawyers, factors, merchants and professionals serving the cotton trade's needs. Mobile in the 1840s was the second busiest... View more info

1873 - 1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AND PHOTOGRAPHIC RETROSPECTIVE MEMOIR OF A BOSTON BORN MAINE MAN

By: JOHN BEAL

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: Mechanic Falls, Maine, 1873

Seller ID: 0008047

Condition: Good +


On offer is a simply superb collection of photographs from the later part of the 19th century. This volume is actually a small 3-ring binder measuring 5 inches by 3 inches. The volume consists of 64 pages and is 100% complete. The handwriting is actually printing and it it perfectly legible. John D Beal was born in Mechanics Falls, ME in 1873. His family moved to Boston about a year later. Casual research has not found any additional biographical data. This volume includes a mix of excellent photographs and general commentary of events from the year of his birth until 1885. This was clearly pu... View more info

1867 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT LETTER REFERENCING THE CONFEDERACY, RECONSTRUCTION, STUMP SPEECHES

By: John H. Lippert

Price: $449.99

Publisher: Spring Hill, Navarro County, Texas TX, 1867

Seller ID: 000594

Condition: Good+


This is a great post Civil War letter to Capt Charles E. Culver (who was on the Savannah during the Tybee Blockades) and from John H. Lippert asking for help in his mission. It mentions him giving the captain an introduction to Governor Pease of Texas. It mentions Stump Speeches and helping the "Colored People". What is ironic is that Captain Culver does not want the Rebs or Rebels to get the upper hand, yet he fought on the Confederate Side from what our research regarding him during the Civil War. It also mentions that he will help if he can get a guard to keep him from being assa... View more info

1857 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM ONE BROTHER ABOARD A WHALING SHIP TO HIS BROTHER THE CAPTAIN OF THE BARK MATTAPOISETT

By: JOHN H. WING

Price: $949.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD A WHALING SHIP, 1857

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0001211

Condition: Poor


On offer is a super, original manuscript letter dated March 12th 1857 addressed to Captain Perry C. Wing on the Bark Valapraiso on the Atlantic. Here is a partial transcription: Dear Brother, I suppose that you are situated in a far better place than a whaling vessel for a living and for happiness in this life I have thought a great many times that I should like to be as well contented on shore as you are you don't know what a difference there is in living on the water some thousands of miles from home and friends or living ashore in all the luxuries and pleasures of a happy home if a man or a... View more info

1802 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF EARLY PENNSYLVANIA POLITICS AND POLITICKING IN WASHINGTON CITY BY ONE JOHN JENKINS TO HIS RENOWNED RELATIVE COLONEL JOHN JENKINS BACK HOME IN LUZERNE COUNTY

By: JOHN JENKINS to COL. JOHN JENKINS

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: LUZERNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WYOMING COUNTY, 1802

Seller ID: 0002588

Condition: Good-


On offer is a significant, original manuscript relic of Pennsylvania state history dated City of Washington January 20 1802 a mere 27 or so years after the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775 and 15 years after Statehood. Handwritten by John Jenkins to the renowned Colonel John Jenkins [b.1751], the author's father or brother most likely]. The letter reads in part "…letter from new York restating our position and had to attend on business….Eleventh day here…our petition are not yet presented to Congress… Judge Baron? from Starkbridge…I have given out a number... View more info

1812 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY GEORGIA SUGAR PLANTATION OWNER MOVING TO LOUISIANA TO HIS FAMED BUSINESS PARTNER SAMUEL COATES OF PHILADELPHIA

By: JOHN JOSEPH COIRON

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA LA PHILADELPHIA PA, 1812

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000905

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original handwritten manuscript autograph latter signed [ALS] and dated January 21, 1812 New Orleans Louisiana by a Georgia sugar plantation owner John Joseph Coiron to his friend and associate Samuel Coates in Philadelphia. Research finds that Mr. Coiron was a noted businessman, slave-owner and entrepreneur whose portrait hangs in the Louisiana State Museum. His wife, Zelime Gautier is buried in New Orleans. Mr. Coates is also famous in his own right having been very prominent in Philadelphia. The letter mentions the plantation owner's 30 day journey from Savannah with hi... View more info

1800s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN MUSIC ARRANGEMENTS OF NUMEROUS CLASSICAL PIECES AND HIS OWN ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS

By: JOHN LANG

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: England, 1850

Seller ID: 0001953

Condition: Fair+


On offer is a remarkable, extensive 19th Century manuscript archive of handwritten music collected, written and compiled by British composer John Lang renowned for his composition "Joy and Peace". Some later items in the group were likely added by his son James and daughter Emily. There are hundreds [the pile is about 3 inches thick] of handwritten and printed pages of classical music with most of the pages are arrangments done by Lang of classical pieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven among others. There are many pages of Beethoven's Egmont and a handwritten arrangement of Don Juan. T... View more info

1894 ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG ILL FATED FUTURE CHINA MISSIONARY DETAILING HIS EXPERIENCE AT YALE COLLEGE AND DIVINITY SCHOOL

By: JOHN LAWRENCE THURSTON

Price: $1,985.99

Publisher: NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT CT, 1894

Seller ID: 0001676

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original, interesting late 19th century scrapbook compiled by Yale College student [John] Lawrence Thurston with dozens of pieces of memorabilia and ephemera relating to Yale dating between about 1894 and 1898 when Thurston graduated. John Lawrence Thurston was an active member of the Yale Foreign Mission Society and after graduating from Divinity School he established the Yale Mission in Changsha, Hunan, China. He organized a tour of the Yale Missionary Band in 1898-1899; was active in the formation of the Yale Foreign Missionary Society; went to China in 1903 to establish Chri... View more info

1860 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND ABOLITIONIST SPEECH HANDWRITTEN BY A FUTURE GENERAL AND BIOGRAPHER OF AMERICAN HERO AND FUTURE PRESIDENT: ULYSSES S. GRANT

By: John Lindsay Swift

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1860

Seller ID: 0001241

Condition: Good


On offer is the remarkable, original, 25 page manuscript pre-Civil War abolitionist and election speech handwritten by John Lindsay Swift soon to be a Lieutenant, then General in the Union Army and future author and biographer of Ulysses S. Grant. This appears to be a campaign speech given by Swift in 1860 on behalf of Lincoln as it promotes the importance of the coming national election. [The manuscript was precious enough to Lindsay to have the leather notebook tucked into a rich leather portfolio custom made with his name on the outside cover with the word "Campaign".] With inspirin... View more info

1852 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEGAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY LOCAL BALTIMORE MARYLAND NOTABLES

By: JOHN PRENTISS POE, GEORGE H. STEWART et al

Price: $855.99

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland MD, 1852

Seller ID: 0002046

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript legal document from 1852 from Baltimore Maryland detailing the failure of one party to construct several houses on Oregon Street according to the contract. There are signatures of Thomas Willis, George H. Stewart and John P. Poe, who witnessed the document. [We believe John was the nephew of the poet Edgar Allen Poe through his mother, Josephine Clemm, a sister of Virginia Clemm (Edgar's wife), as well as also being a second cousin of Poe through his father. John Poe's father, Neilson Poe, was responsible for finding Edgar Allan Poe sick just before he died, ... View more info

1853 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED [ALS] BY NOTED QUAKER AND STATIONMASTER OF THE COUDERSPORT PA UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

By: JOHN S. MANN

Price: $545.99

Publisher: COUDERSPORT PENNSYLVANIA POTTER COUNTY, 1853

Seller ID: 0001197

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript letter handwritten by an important local Quaker reformer and Underground Railroad figure John S. Mann [1816-1879] who was a Quaker lawyer, born in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a teacher, but moved to Coudersport in 1841. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1866-1868, 1871; School Director 1858-1872, Coudersport Burgess 1862-1865; and Editor of the Potter Journal 1874-1879. Mann was the Underground Railroad "Stationmaster" for Coudersport which was an important stop on... View more info

1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEDGER BOOK FILLED WITH RELIGIOUS, PERSONAL, FINANCIAL AND GENEALOGICAL ENTRIES IN A MASSIVE FOLIO

By: JOHN STANWOOD PULSIFER

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: CATSKILLS NEW YORK, ORWIGSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 1820

Seller ID: 0002033

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, massive ledger book dated Catskills New York 1820 that contained the original, handwritten writings of John S[tanwood] Pulsifer. John was a noted Quaker brother and his writings include early religious writings relative to his studies then later financial transactions, notes etc., plus letter copies of personal letters and many other writings and the odd scribble by some youngster. The beginning of the book is written on Duncan's Logic then daily logs of sermons and discussions among the Presbyterian Church, Records of funds, travels, philosophies, correspondence bet... View more info

1854 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FORMAL REPORT ON THE SHIPWRECK OF THE BRIG EMILY

By: JOHN TYLER, J.R. BRADFORD

Price: $989.99

Publisher: Boston Massachusetts MA, 1854

Seller ID: 0001013

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original handwritten account in beautiful calligraphic hand of the Shipwreck of the Brig Emily in 1854. This is a superb nautical piece of Americana being a formal inquiry account of the ill-fated ship. It also details a list of expenses paid to different people related to the wreck. Ten pages long and large folio size with numerous signatures. Here are some of the highlights of the account: "Sept 1 Sailed from Philadelphia. Sept 10 While at ancor in Holmes Hole, experienced a very severe gale from E.N.E. both anchors down and all chain out. The gale continued and at noon th... View more info