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1852 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED DETAILING EARLY BOOK BUY BY FAMED BOOKSELLER HENRY WHIPPLE

By: Colonel Henry Whipple

Price: $329.99

Publisher: Salem, Massachusetts MA, 1852

Seller ID: 000617

Condition: Very Good


Original 1852 manuscript document signed being a "Bookseller List ', (Salem, Mass). Bookseller list of items sold to Henry Whipple for books and items purchased from James Chaney. List of books purchased in 1851 include: 1 Lynds Etymology (thirty one cents); 1 Moorland's Cottage; 1 Proverbial Philosophy; 1 Penknife - James; 3 Nautical Almanacs; 1 German Without a Master; Paper 06 White Mountain Guide; Longfellow's Hyperion; Envelopes." Signed H. Whipple, Jan. 14, 1852. Henry Whipple was a bookseller in Salem Mass on Newbury Street. BIO NOTES: "Colonel Henry Whipple, who is remembe... View more info

1852 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PASSIONATE, OPINIONATED MAN WHO DETESTS THE FREE SOILERS, LADY'S BLOOMERS AND INTERFERING FOREIGNERS TRYING TO TELL AMERICANS 'WHAT IS WHAT'

By: COMMODORE [?] JOHN DOWNES

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1852

Seller ID: 0001960

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a superb, original, historically significant 1852 manuscript diary handwritten by John Downes of Cambridge, Massachusetts as evidenced by his two signatures. [While we cannot confirm ownership we believe the author is Commodore John Downes a famed American naval officer with a storied career who lived from 1786 to 1854. The writer's preoccupation with the weather, the wind direction and other comments give us no pause to suggest this ownership but a local historian or researcher should have little problem confirming.] The diary was created on blank pages sandwiched among and in-bet... View more info

1882 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A MISSIONARY HEROINE OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

By: CORRINA SHATTUCK

Price: $595.99

Publisher: COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO CO, 1882

Seller ID: 0001585

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting and descriptive eight [8] page autographed letter [ALS] dated Colorado Springs May 10th 1882 addressed to Mrs. Phipps describing friends, travel and life in and around Colorado Springs handwritten by Corrina Shattuck a woman who would one day become a missionary made famous during the Armenian massacre. She is writing to the family of her friends Emma and Martin Phipps with whom she traveled from Framingham, Massachusetts to Colorado in 1880. Overall the 6 x 9 inch letter is VG.; English Language; 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, MISSIONARY, CO... View more info

1807 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK HANDWRITTEN BY A MEMBER OF A WELL KNOWN BRITISH FAMILY WHILE STUDYING AT THE NOTED QUAKER SCHOOL AT WIGTON IN ENGLAND

By: COSTIN FAMILY

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: ALLONBY ENGLAND, 1807

Seller ID: 0001802

Condition: Fair


On offer is a superb early 19th Century mathematics and complex arithmetic ciphering book. There are over 320 pages of text and titles in a lovely calligraphic hand including a folding table all in pen and ink. Identified as having belonged to the Costin Family of Allonby England this is believed to be a school book from the highly noted Quaker School at Wigton dated by paper watermarked 1807. This book was a massive effort by the unidentified Costin Family member but unique for the breadth and depth of the mathematical equations and complexity of the problems. The book stands as a testament ... View more info

Image for 1845 ORIGINAL, RIVETING DEPOSITIONS OF CAPTAIN AND CREW MEMBERS OF THE WHALING BARK ALTO OF NEW BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS BESET BY LAWLESSNESS, DESERTION AND MUTINY

1845 ORIGINAL, RIVETING DEPOSITIONS OF CAPTAIN AND CREW MEMBERS OF THE WHALING BARK ALTO OF NEW BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS BESET BY LAWLESSNESS, DESERTION AND MUTINY

By: COURT CLERK to GEORGE WILLIAM GORDON, AMERICAN CONSUL AT RIO DE JANEIRO

Price: $12,555.99

Publisher: 1845

Seller ID: 0002564

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, remarkable group of 1845 manuscript depositions detailing the mutinous activity and desertions during a voyage of the whaling Bark Alto between 1844 - 1845. The eyewitness testimonies are comprised of 37 pages or so of handwritten fair copies; five [5] complete and one [1] incomplete deposition all by various crew members, the five complete copies each personally attested and signed at the conclusion by George William Gordon, American Consul at Rio de Janeiro, May 20, 1845. Blunt facts display the ferocity of emotions and simmering violence provide snippets like 'Pa... View more info

Image for 1862 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BALTIMORE BASED COUSIN CHAS REPORTING ON THE LOCAL BALTIMORE NEWS AND POLITICS OF THE DAY INCLUDING REBELS 'HOOKING UP' WITH THE LADIES

1862 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BALTIMORE BASED COUSIN CHAS REPORTING ON THE LOCAL BALTIMORE NEWS AND POLITICS OF THE DAY INCLUDING REBELS 'HOOKING UP' WITH THE LADIES

By: COUSIN CHAS

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BALTIMORE MARYLAND MD, 1862

Seller ID: 0002428

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original 1862 Civil War manuscript letter handwritten by 'Cousin Chas' a Baltimore resident writing his cousins. Amidst the cordial family news and general catching up there is much to be noted regarding war news affecting Baltimore and Chas. Here are some snippets: "…The 'Rebels' are occasionally 'hooked up' - one of our fashionable ladies, her son's was arrested yesterday and sent to Washington - her husband is 'floating about' somewhere, afraid to show himself - he has one son in the 'Confederate Army' and another in 'Fort ???' … a third, about sixteen … is th... View more info

1869 TINY SILK-COVERED HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY

By: CRANE, W.R.

Price: $529.99

Publisher: Stamford, New York, Port Jarvis,, 1869

Seller ID: 000104

Condition: Good+


This wee diary is covered with a brown silk fabric and has gilt edges. It measures 2" x 3.75" with a loop at the edge to hold a pencil. It is dated in pencil on the inside cover Sept 30, 1869 but actually starts August 11th. The writer, a young woman it appears, rides the train for the first time to Port Jarvis, starting in Stamford, off to New York with mention of Buffalo and then back east to Boston. Rode the stage too and annotated all expenses. 24 small hand written pages with a fair bit of detail in this lovely pioneer travel journal. Good+. View more info

1890s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT LETTERS BETWEEN ABILENE KANSAS AND ONE LAND AGENT'S FAMILY ABOUT HIS HOLDINGS IN ILLINOIS

By: CULBERTSON STEVENS et al

Price: $955.99

Publisher: ABILENE KANSAS APPLE RIVER GALENA ILLINOIS, 1890

Seller ID: 0001942

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a great, late 19th Century original archive of 16 handwritten letters (30 pages all told) relating to Culbertson Stevens, Real Estate and Loan Agent in Abilene Kansas in the 1890s. Most of the letters have to do with his land back in Galena Illinois and Apple River where his mother still lives. There are letters by her, some by Culbertson and a few written by the men living near the land and finally some letters to and from his brother L. S. Stevens who owns a Mercantile Agency in Chicago. Here are some snippets: "C. Stevens, Real Estate and Load Agent Abilene, Kas., Nov. 3rd, ... View more info

ARCHIVE LOT OF SEVEN [7] HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND EPHEMERA OF EARLY PIONEER LIFE IN THE WEST

By: Culler Family

Price: $649.99

Publisher: Ohio, Iowa, 1870

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV207

Condition: Very Good+


CULLER FAMILY - 7 letters on life in Ohio and Iowa in the 1870s. As with many family letters they usually cover a great deal of ground and this grouping is particularly rich detailing life in pioneer times. Each with stamped cover. Overall VG. View more info

1868 - 1893 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES FROM THE FAMILY OF TRAITOR BENEDICT ARNOLD

By: CYNTHIA DUNHAM ARNOLD, DANIEL ARNOLD

Price: $2,259.99

Publisher: StILLWATER, SARATOGA NEW YORK, 1868

Seller ID: 000729

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super archive of handwritten manuscript diaries related to the Arnold family of Stillwater New York near Saratoga. Family members were related to Benedict Arnold and his half-brother, Nathaniel. Family members mentioned also include Whitlock, Hornbeck, Cuddeback, Davis, Shepperd and many, many more names are mentioned of family, friends and acquaintances. This will be a treasure for area historians or genealogists. There are 5 diaries by Cynthia Dunham Arnold from 1879, 1884, 1886, 1892 and 1893. Cynthia is a detailed diarist providing details of weather, work and local history a... View more info

1837 - 1840 EXTRAORDINARY ORIGINAL PRIVATE JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A MIDSHIPMAN AS THE SHIP TRAVELS TO RUSSIA TO MEET THE EMPEROR THEN MOVES ON TO SOUTH AMERICA, TASKED WITH PROTECTING AMERICAN COMMERCE AT ALL COSTS AS FLAGSHIP OF THE BRAZIL STATION

By: CYRUS E. JOY, Midshipman

Price: $9,255.99

Publisher: BOSTON TO KRONSTADT TO BRAZIL STATION, 1837

Seller ID: 0009111

Condition: Good


On offer is a journal recorded during a fascinating time in General American and U.S. Naval History. The journal is written on the U.S.S. Independence, as she travels from Boston to Portsmouth, England, onto Copenhagen and Kronstadt to receive a visit from Russian Emperor Nicholas I. The ‘Independence’ then leaves Russia for Rio de Janeiro, where she becomes the Flagship of the Brazil Station, tasked with the duty to guard American commerce along the eastern seaboard of South America, during the war between France and Argentina. A page in the very beginning of the book states, “Private J... View more info

1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TO HIS FRIEND FREDERICK SCHOTT

By: C[ONRAD] and REBECCA ALLEMAND

Price: $655.99

Publisher: HIGHSPIRE PENNSYLVANIA DAUPHIN COUNTY, 1843

Seller ID: 0001769

Condition: Good+


On offer is an interesting,original 1843 manuscript relic of 19th Century missionary work and Christian outreach handwritten by C. Alleman of Highspire Pennsylvania [a post script is written by Rebecca Alleman] addressed to Frederick Schott of Waterloo New York. [We believe that Mr. Alleman was Conrad Alleman found in the following note found online: Conrad Alleman: Born Dauphin Co, PA 26 Nov 1802. Died 04 Jul 1872. Married Rebecca Elizabeth Cassel Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hummelstown, Dauphin, PA 29 Jun 1828. Married Elizabeth Stoner 17 Nov 1853.] Here are some snippets: "Highspi... View more info

1854 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FOLDED LETTER DETAILING THE SHIPWRECK OF THE 'HUMBOLDT' NEAR HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA

By: D. LINES

Price: $1,155.99

Publisher: HALIFAX NOVA SCOTIA LIVERPOOL ENGLAND, 1854

Seller ID: 0001077

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super handwritten manuscript folded letter dated Halifax, January 5, 1854. The author details to his nephew John M. Lines "the unfortunate loss of the Humboldt." He describes the sinking which took place in less than an hour on December 5. The ship had taken on a pilot "He ran the ship against a ____ ____ which broke a part of the bow . . . leaking badly, in about half an hour sinking. She was filling with water . . ." Where this happened was about 12 miles from Halifax in a rocky place and "She soon became a total wreck." There were about 750 packages of ... View more info

1867 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG HURON COUNTY OHIO FARMER DETAILING HIS LIFE, TIMES AND TRAVELS IN POST CIVIL WAR OHIO

By: D. SMITH WASHBURN

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: GREENWICH CITY HURON COUNTY OHIO OH, 1867

Seller ID: 0001381

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original 1867 manuscript diary handwritten by D. Smith Washburn of Greenwich City, Huron County, Ohio. Mr. Washburn does a fine job writing, hardly ever missing a day, of his life, the times and his observations. He is a young, married to Sara, and is a farm owner and construction worker. The entries are a mixture of home and work experiences, travel, weather, women and men friends, events, holidays, work, church services, parties etc in post Civil War Ohio. He also mentions in casual reading of going to New London, lumbering, ordering the New York Tribune for one year $1.75, st... View more info

1854 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK HANDWRITTEN BY AN ILL FATED SAILOR ABOARD A TWO MASTED MERCHANT BRIG PLYING ITS TRADE BETWEEN MAINE AND THE CARIBBEAN

By: D.W FARNSWORTH

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: NEW ENGLAND - THE CARRIBEAN, 1854

Seller ID: 0008166

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, original manuscript journal detailing a sailor's voyage from New England to the Caribbean during the heyday of the sailing ships. Measuring 7.5 inches by 6 inches, it contains 134 pages and is about 20% complete. The cover, binding and pages are in good condition and the handwriting is legible. The first journal belongs to D.W. Farnsworth of Machias, ME. Casual research has not turned up any additional biographical information other than the fact that he passed away in April, 1855. Farnsworth is a sailor, working on board coastal commercial sailing ships - what woul... View more info

c1885 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TABLET FILLED WITH COMPLETED LESSONS - ESSAYS, LETTERS AND STORIES

By: DAISY STONE

Price: $845.99

Publisher: PHILLIPSBURG NEW JERSEY NJ, 1885

Seller ID: 0001026

Condition: Good


On offer is a circa 1885 handwritten 'Language Tablet' being supplemental lesson 3.5 in notebook form, once belonging to Daisy Stone, who lived in Phillipsburg, New Jersey [unstated] prior to the turn of the century. The exercises, handwritten in pencil, include essays, sentences and letters. The front cover is missing, but all else is intact, clean & bright. 48 lessons, but a few are not completed. The handwriting indicates and elementary school age child. G. View more info

1885 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF CASES, TORT LAW, PRECEDENTS AND LEGAL THEORY INCLUDING THE INNER MENTAL WORKINGS OF A YOUNG MID-AMERICA LITIGATOR

By: DANIEL K. CATLIN

Price: $1,355.99

Publisher: St. LOUIS, MISSOURI, 1885

Seller ID: 0001373

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the original 1885 manuscript journal of noted attorney and resident of St Louis, Missouri, Daniel K. Catlin. The notebook, a charming relic of early Western Americana and Tort law that offers an insight to both the institution of jurisprudence at the time and into the mind of young litigator. [The year being 1885 indicates this book is from the beginnings of his career. There are nearly 300 handwritten pages in a large 10 x 8 inch book of his various notes and thoughts on legal cases. Save for rubbing on the edges and some loss to the spine cap overall this is VG.; Manuscript; 4to ... View more info

1867 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NEW HAMPSHIRE FARMER AND LUMBERMAN'S DIARY

By: DANIEL LEARY

Price: $365.99

Publisher: Keene New Hampshire, 1867

Seller ID: 000992

Condition: Good


On offer is an original handwritten 1867 diary kept by minimally literate farmer Daniel Leary of Keene New Hampshire who records the sale of his pigs, visits, cutting hay etc. Entries are sparse, but the flavor of a rough life on a New Hampshire farm comes through especially when he makes personal notes. Fro example on July 25, 1867 Daniel's father gets sick, and then he has priest and doctor in; then he records three weeks of visits, sometimes three in a day, by the doctor. Then in November he notes on a Sunday morning that his father went to work. This is a traditional leather diary with cal... View more info

1851 HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] REGARDING A NEW WRITING INSTRUMENT WRITTEN IN THE REVERE HOUSE

By: DANIEL WEBSTER

Price: $759.99

Publisher: Revere House, Boston Massachusetts MA, 1851

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000523

Condition: Good+


VERY RARE, ORIGINAL 1851 HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM DANIEL WEBSTER. This excellent letter, dated April 28th, 1951, was written by Daniel Webster to George Stimpson, thanking him for his "improved gold pen." Webster states: "it is, in truth, the only metallic pen I have ever been able to write with." Notably, letter originated from the "Revere House" (i.e. Paul Revere House) in Boston, Massachusetts. It was from this spot a year earlier (at Bowdoin Square in front of the Revere House) that Webster had made his most stirring speech, in which he supported the Fugitive Slave L... View more info

1868 - 1872 - 1879 ARCHIVE OF HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA MANUSCRIPT DIARIES

By: DAVID B. GRUBB

Price: $1,245.99

Publisher: GOSHEN SYRACUSE INDIANA ELKHART COUNTY CONCORD TWP, 1868

Seller ID: 000801

Condition: Good


On offer are three greatly filled diaries handwritten in 1868, 1872 and 1879 by David B. Grubb from Indiana. The earliest diary, 1868, reveals he lived in Goshen Indiana [Elkhart County, Concord Township]. In the later two diaries, 1872 & 1879, he had moved to Syracuse Indiana. Mr. Grubb is a cobbler for the most part but does labor for farmers and shopkeepers. He also loves his tobacco and beer and spends quite a bit of money on each on a weekly basis. Collectors of Indiana history will be pleased that Mr. Grubb writes daily and mentions names and places. He is a very dedicated diarist and se... View more info