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1882 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF AN EAGER LAW STUDENT AT CHADDOCK COLLEGE

By: WILLIAM H. HENRY

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: QUINCY ILLINOIS IL, 1882

Seller ID: 000837

Condition: Fair


On offer is an original 1882 handwritten manuscript journal written by a law student at the Chaddock College in Quincy Illinois. The book begins: "Wm. H. Henry's Book Chaddock College, Jan. 11th, 1882. Record of cases give to the "Commercial Law Class" by "Chief Justice Long" and the decisions thereof during the winter term at "Chaddock College." "Will, Ever remember the fun we had in this class and how earnestly we argued. Research suggest this young man becomes a well known Indiana lawyer and member of the Socialist Party of America. Here are some snippets: 1s... View more info

1832 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ALS DETAILING CONDITIONS AT THE STATE PRISON IN WETHERSFIELD CT

By: WILLIAM H. WYANT

Price: $585.99

Publisher: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT CT, 1832

Seller ID: 00MV70

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an interesting early Connecticut handwritten ALS with social comment regarding convicts and prisons by WM. H. WYANT dated Hartford, Ct., 1832, 1p, folio, plus integral address leaf. Describes visit to the State Prison at Wethersfield, three miles from Hartford. "...to behold its unhappy inmates (Surely the way of the transgressor is hard) I passed through the various Work Shops both of men and women the women where employed in making Segars, the men in Workin Iron, Wood and Leather & the largest number of Workmen where Shoe Makers. negroes and Whites all together. I should not ... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE FOUNDER AND SCION OF THE STILL IN OPERATION WM. HAHN SHOE COMPANY

By: WILLIAM HAHN

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Europe, 1890

Seller ID: 0009191

Condition: Good+


On offer is an excellent slim leather-bound notebook detailing an 1890 trip from Washington to Europe. The notebook spans a period from July 3, 1890 to Sept 19th, 1890. The writer is one William Hahn. The book is about 5" by 3" The leather cover is worn but intact. Entries are in ink and quite legible. There are 90 pages of quad-ruled pages of which 78 contain entries. Research suggests that this is the founder of the Wm Hahn & Co retail shoe chain which remained in business for 119 years. There are references to 'Fred' in the early pages July 6, 8, 12- Hahn had a brother Fred who man... View more info

1850s - 1940s SUPER ARCHIVE OF DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS BY AND ABOUT WILLIAM MACGILL, CAPTAIN OF ONE OF THE FASTEST CLIPPER SHIPS IN THE WORLD: THE "SWEEPSTAKES"

By: WILLIAM MACGILL

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: New York NY San Francisco CA Melbourne AUS, 1862

Seller ID: 0009003

Condition: Good


On offer is an archive of exemplary archive of letters, telegrams, and ephemera by and related to Captain William Augustine Macgill. This archive contains two letters from the early 1860s and the rest of the documents are from the late 1940s, having been put together by R. R. Macgill, obviously a descendent of Captain Macgill. These later documents are testaments to the historical significance of William Macgill, captain of the clipper ship "Sweepstakes." This ship was one of the fastest sailing ships in the world at the time and made the fastest voyage from New York to San Francisco i... View more info

1829 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT REGARDING THE FARMER'S BANK OF VIRGINIA AND PROMINENT JEWISH MERCHANT AND BUSINESSMAN PERHAPS ACTING FOR WOULD-BE PLAYWRIGHT AND DESCENDANT OF A COLONIAL JEWISH FAMILY

By: WILLIAM NEKERVIS

Price: $859.99

Publisher: New York NY, Virginia VA, 1829

Seller ID: 000522

Condition: Good+


WILLIAM NEKERVIS. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED as Cashier, Farmers Bank of Virginia, (Richmond, Virginia), April 10, 1829. 8 x 10 inches, 1 page + integral stampless address leaf. Horizontal and vertical folds; light soil; some weakness at folds; large docketing note on address leaf; Good condition overall. To T.I. Tobias: ...Since I last wrote to you, two of Mr. Judah's notes have been consolidated and reduced to $240. The debt is now $455, in two notes, $240 and $215, both due 27/30 April. There is a bit of a mystery behind this letter. T.I. TOBIAS was a prominent New York Jewish merchant and imp... View more info

1838 A CORNISH FAUNA BEING A COMPENDIUM OF THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTY - INCLUDING IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE NOTED NATURALIST WILLIAM PENNINGTON COCKS

By: WILLIAM PENNINGTON COCKS, RICHARD Q. COUCH, JONATHON COUCH

Price: $4,295.99

Publisher: 1838

Seller ID: 0001527

Condition: Good


On offer is an important and significant, unique set of published works on Cornish fauna, notable for numerous manuscript additions and drawings by the noted surgeon and naturalist William Pennington Cocks (1791-1878). BOOK SPECIFICS FOLLOW DESCRIPTION. This complete three-volume 1838 set lists the fauna of Cornwall in a systematic way: Parts I and II, "Vertebrate, crustacean, and a portion of the radiate animals" and "The testaceous mollusks" are by Jonathan Couch; part III, "The zoophytes and calcareous corallines" is by Richard Couch (his son). The first volume conta... View more info

Image for 1841 ORIGINAL STAMPLESS MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY HIS ELDER BROTHER FILLED WITH ADVICE, ADMONITIONS [AND WARNINGS AGAINST INTERCOURSE] TO A NEWLY MINTED MIDSHIPMAN ON THE SLOOP OF WAR CYANE

1841 ORIGINAL STAMPLESS MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY HIS ELDER BROTHER FILLED WITH ADVICE, ADMONITIONS [AND WARNINGS AGAINST INTERCOURSE] TO A NEWLY MINTED MIDSHIPMAN ON THE SLOOP OF WAR CYANE

By: WILLIAM ROUSY

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MD to NORFOLK VA c/o U.S. SLOOP CYANE, 1841

Seller ID: 0002370

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, fascinating stampless manuscript letter dated 'Baltimore Wednesday Evening, July 14, 1841 Dear Brother Thomas' [Rousy] Midshipman on U.S. Sloop Cyane handwritten by older brother William to his brother who appears to be a newly minted midshipman aboard the noted sloop of war Cyane. Beginning with congratulations the three [3] page and a bit well filled letter, written over a couple of days, brother William provides wisdom and advice as a good brother would along with admonitions of care regarding 'intercourse'. It is likely that the author William was himself a naval offic... View more info

1842 SWEET ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL BY THE 9-YEAR OLD SON OF A REVEREND, GOING TO SCHOOL, LEARNING ABOUT LIFE, AND EXHIBITING QUINTESSENTIAL ‘JOIE DE VIVRE’

By: WILLIAM SMITH LEONARD

Price: $955.99

Publisher: DUBLIN KEENE PETERBOROUGH NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, 1842

Seller ID: 0009043

Condition: Good


On offer is boyhood journal of William Smith Leonard of Dublin, NH, written throughout 1841 and the very beginning of 1842. Leonard is a child and the journal covers the day-to-day life of the young man and his observations of the world around him. William Leonard was born in 1832, so this diary would be written when he was 9 years old. He often mention the daily weather, as well as playing outside when the snow melts, shooting a bow and arrow, building a violin, going to church meetings and school, and often being sick. He has a childlike awe and wonder to his writing that is a delight to rea... View more info

c1866 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY NOTED NEW YORK DOCTOR COMPLAINING OF BEING SWINDLED DURING THE ITALIAN AUSTRIAN CONFLICT

By: WILLIAM STARBUCK MAYO

Price: $659.99

Publisher: HOTEL VENDOME PARIS FRANCE, 1866

Seller ID: 0001122

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a super manuscript letter handwritten by William Starbuck Mayo (1812-1895) a noted New York City physician and author. This autograph letter signed, "W S Mayo", Hotel Vendome, Paris, n.d. [circa 1866], 4pp, 5" x 8". This is a fascinating letter to Botta [Professor Vicenzo Botta] with content on the war in Italy; huge financial losses and Mayo's distraught emotional condition. Excerpts: "Was there ever such luck as ours as such a cussed chance as this war."; "I have been swindled out of about sixty thousand dollars and shall be saddled with about fifteen ... View more info

1872 - 1915 HANDWRITTEN ARCHIVE OF A PROSPEROUS INDUSTRIALIST'S TRAVELING FAMILY FROM BOSTON AND PLENTY OF INTRIGUE

By: WILLIAM TUDOR & Family

Price: $2,225.99

Publisher: Boston Massachusetts MA, 1872

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000877

Condition: Good+


On offer is a remarkable, very intriguing, grouping of handwritten letters, drawings and covers from the William Tudor family of Boston Massachusetts. There are twelve [12] letters with their envelopes the [five letters are from 1872 and 1873 when William was in Paris to marry his wife Elizabeth Whitwell], three empty covers and two slips of paper with drawings. The letters date from 1873-1915 and curiously one last letter from 1961. The drawings don't have dates but look like late 1800's. The three remaining empty envelopes are from 1879, 1894 and one has no date. William Tudor was born to Fr... View more info

1877 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A SIGNIFICANT PENNSYLVANIA LAWYER WHO WOULD ONE DAY BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE STATE AMONG OTHER NOTABLE POSITIONS OF IMPORTANCE

By: WILLIAM UHLER HENSEL

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania PA, 1877

Seller ID: 0007011

Condition: Good


On offer is the 1877 diary of a noted lawyer, newspaper editor and politician. William Uhler Hensel was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1851. Upon graduation, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1873. A year later, he purchased a half interest in the local newspaper, becoming its editor. His dual career prospered and along with it his involvement in local politics. He became very active in state politics and served four consecutive terms as state Democratic Party Chairman. He was also active in national politics, writing campaign material and biographies for Democratic cand... View more info

1853-1874 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY/JOURNAL/NOTEBOOK OF A SUCCESSFUL HOMER NEW YORK BUSINESSMAN

By: WILLIAM WAKELEY

Price: $689.99

Publisher: HOMER NEW YORK, NY, 1853

Seller ID: 000737

Condition: Good


On offer is a handwritten diary/journal - "The American Diary for 1853 and Reference Book for Business and Professional Business Men, Housekeepers, Travelers, and All Others" New York: Published by A. Morrell, 1853". As evidenced on the fep the author states: "August 28, 1854 - William Wakeley's book Homer Cortland Co., NY." The book was used by William primarily for financial purposes but is littered with notes of local historical events, personal observations as late as 1874 and many, many companies and addresses: "Homer, December 28th 1871, William B. Coggshall, Dr. ... View more info

Image for 1848 + 1849 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A BALTIMORE MAN WHO HAS A GRASP OF BOTH THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE DAY

1848 + 1849 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A BALTIMORE MAN WHO HAS A GRASP OF BOTH THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE DAY

By: WILLIAM WILSON

Price: $1,195.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1848

Seller ID: 0002403

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating, original pair [2] of manuscript letters which typically begin with the author's business dealings in various goods quoting sales prices for goods in local currencies of Virginia and Baltimore, at this time banks issued their own currency and then evolves into a very insightful letters on the local and overseas politics of the day. The first written on the 23rd of May 1848, the day after the Democratic National Convention opened in Baltimore, Lewis Cass the nominee as the letter predicted. (James Buchanan was one of two others vying for the nomination) ".......a w... View more info

1895 - 1906 ORIGINAL GROUP OF LETTERS BY AN AGED BALTIMORE SWAIN WHO ROMANCES AND MARRIES HIS TRUE LOVE ONLY TO END UP WITH 3 CHILDREN BY ANOTHER WOMAN HE MARRIES NAMED PINK

By: WILSON SCOTT NORRIS, ELIZA HUFF

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland MD, 1895

Seller ID: 0002172

Condition: Good+


On offer is a very sweet, very charming, yet enigmatic group of letters between Wilson Scott Norris ("Kit") of Baltimore, Maryland [b. Aug. 20 1847] and Eliza Huff ("Dollie") of Franklin County, Virginia. Over a period of 1895 through 1906 in about 20 letters, some very, very long, one sees the relationship between Kit and Dolly grow from that of friends, to lovers, to husband and wife: "My dear friend… I could say very sweet things in this letter, but I fear you would think me forward and fresh." "My love, lips, and darling!!!... I love you, you, you, you, you!!!... View more info

1861-1887 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNTING LEDGER OF THE N.P CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LANSINGVILLE NEW YORK

By: WM. BRYCE, THOS. BALLANTYNE et al

Price: $485.99

Publisher: LANSINGVILLE ITHACA NEW YORK NY, 1855

Seller ID: 000977

Condition: Good


On offer is an original handwritten 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" account ledger book from Lansingville U.P. Congregational Church as indicated on the first page by Wm. Bryce, Treasurer. Later treasurers include: Thomas Ballantyne and John Bryce. About 3/4 filled out starting in 1861 until 1887 this book has many hundreds of entries and many hundreds of names: congregants, donors, traveling missionaries and preachers . Cover separated slightly, but not detached. Overall G.; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; New York State, Civil War Era, Religion, Church, Collection, Charity, genealogy, Personal... View more info

1890s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTES ON A LECTURE BY THE RENOWNED AFRICAN EXPLORER DETAILING THE EMIN PASHA RELIEF EXPEDITION

By: [HENRY MORTON STANLEY]

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: England, 1890

Seller ID: 0001518

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb manuscript relic of Victorian Era exploration, travel and adventure being an original notebook handwritten by what appears to be a reporter's notes [there are editorial corrections in colored pencil] from a lecture given by Henry Morton Stanley concerning the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition and a journey into Darkest Africa. This notebook has 12 pages of handwritten notes written on one side of the page only plus the covers and one blank page at the end measuring about 9.5" x 6". The notes begin: "As Stanley entered the stage and walked to his seat he was gree... View more info

1854 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG 14 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WOULD SOON GROW TO BE ONE OF NEW YORK CITY'S MOST RENOWNED JURISTS PRESIDING OVER SOME OF THE CITY'S MOST NOTORIOUS CRIMES

By: [JUDGE] RUFUS C COWING

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: NEW YORK, 1854

Seller ID: 0007005

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb, original diary and journal of Rufus B. Cowing, a famed Judge in New York City who presided over a number of notorious criminal cases in the years following the American Civil War. He was born in 1840 and received this journal from his uncle in 1854, at the age of 14. At that time, he was enrolled in the 'Bash-Bish Institute', a private school in the area of Bash-bish Falls, MA. The time period covered extends from 1854 to 1862 with sporadic entries for years in that time span. The first 20 pages detail his day-to-day activities as a student: I was successful in all my les... View more info

LATE 1700s/EARLY 1800s 500+ TOME OF VAST SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE RELATED TO AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION ON THE NATURAL, PHYSICAL AND ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES

By: [student of] PROFESSOR SANDERSON

Price: $5,495.99

Publisher: 1800

Seller ID: 0009165

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an exceptional relic of turn of the 19th Century scientific knowledge. The book in question is a large 260 page handwritten tome, touching on a tremendous array of subjects and topics, such as astronomy, cosmology, natural history, advanced mathematics, physics, and more. The book dates from somewhere between 1790 and 1810. It’s author is unknown. What is known is the author is a student of a “Professor Sanderson” who is mentioned quite often (“Sanderson’s Lectures upon Opticks”; “Sanderson’s Hydrostaticks”; “Sanderson’s Lectures on Sound”). Despite extensiv... View more info

1874-1887 LARGE ARCHIVE OF COLORFUL AND DETAILED HANDWRITTEN PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE AND EPHEMERA OF A YOUNG WOMAN COMING OF AGE IN RURAL NEW YORK IN THE LAST QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY

By: [to EDITH HOWSER CHASE

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: SALISBURY MILLS, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK, NY, 1874

Seller ID: 0009150

Condition: Very Good


On offer are a large archive of 45 letters and related ephemeral material, for the family of Edith H. Chase, of Salisbury Mills, Orange County, New York, all dated between 1874 and 1887. The collection mainly consists of incoming letters (approximately 33) to Edith Howser Chase, with about half dated 1886-1887, when Edith would have been between the ages of 18 and 19 years old. Other letters are addressed to members of her family, her grandmother, Aunt Nellie, and others, as well as girlhood friends. Edith wrote several letters as well. There is much description of family, domestic life and ac... View more info

1846 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER DESCRIBING A RIGOROUS TRIP UP ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS ECOLOGICAL LANDMARKS, MT. WASHINGTON, AS WELL AS DETAILING AN EVENT IN THE DARKER SIDE OF NATURE

By: [to MISS S. R. CRAGIN]

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: MT WASHINGTON NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, CRAWFORD NOTCH, 1846

Seller ID: 0009064

Condition: Good


On offer is an 1846 letter, containing 4 pages of writing, detailing the incredible account of a journey the unnamed author took up to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It is addressed to a ‘Miss S. R. Cragin’ of ‘Westminster East Vt.’ In addition to this account, the author of the letter talks about the “Willey House” or cottage which was (and still is) standing at the time. The tragedy that befell the house and the family inside it in 1826 was an flood and landslide that killed the family of 9 and destroyed everything around it but the cottage itself. The letter begins, “Beth... View more info