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1875 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] BY A STRUGGLING FARMER IN SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO BATTLING GRASSHOPPERS, CLEARING STUMPS AND TRYING TO COLLECT MONIES OWED

By: DAVID BRONSON

Price: $885.99

Publisher: STRABANE ONTARIO WEST CANADA, 1875

Seller ID: 0001845

Condition: Good+


On offer are two [2] super, original manuscript letters dated 1875 handwritten by David Bronson of Strabane [a town located about 20 kilometres northwest of Hamilton, Ontario] West Ontario, Canada to his brother Stephen Bronson and one letter is also addressed to a second brother Lanny (?) Bronson. One letter is four pages dated December 17 and the other is two pages dated December 27 with both letters dated 1875. The first letter describes the various crops, the grasshopper problems, damage to crops, a new grist mill being built, land being cleared of stumps, drilling wells and other activiti... View more info

1857 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOBIOGRAPHY HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF TROY NEW YORK'S MOST PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY

By: DAVID BUEL Jr.

Price: $2,045.99

Publisher: TROY NEW YORK NY, 1857

Seller ID: 0001814

Condition: Good


On offer is a super, original manuscript autobiography handwritten by Mr. David Buel Jr. who retrospectively recorded his memories and anecdotes etc. in 1857, a mere three years before his death. The journal is a fascinating detailed sketch of his family, travel, life events, genealogy, etc. starting with his birth in October 1784 through 1830s but we note 1853 references on the last page. He writes of being a member of the Constitutional Congress of 1821, his mother's death in 1826, a voyage to Savannah on the Steam Boat George Washington, travel to Martinique and Nevis in 1812, and much more... View more info

1855 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED [ALS] BY A CANADIAN POLITICIAN BEMOANING THE TERRIBLE STATE OF CORRUPTION IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY

By: DAVID CHRISTIE

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: QUEBEC CANADA, 1855

Seller ID: 0001844

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating, historic, political four [4] page manuscript letter handwritten by David Christie, a founding member of the Clear Grit movement and member of the Canadian Parliament to an unknown recipient. Dated Quebec 21st May 1855 the letter details Mr. Christie's ongoing frustration with the corruptive state of Parliament during those times. Mr. Christie went on to become the Secretary of State of Canada from 1873 - 1874 and then the Speaker of the Canadian Senate from 1874 - 1878. Overall the letter is VG save for a very small split in the central fold. View more info

1825 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS LETTER DETAILING THE FAMILY LAUNDRY TO HIS SISTER

By: DAVID DODGE

Price: $285.99

Publisher: CHARLESTOWN MASSACHUSETTS, 1825

Seller ID: 000997

Condition: Good


On offer is an original October 30th, 1825 handwritten manuscript stampless letter from David Dodge of Charlestown, Massachusetts to his sister Sukey Albree in Acworth, New Hampshire, wherein he details health, happiness and travels of intimate family and friends. [Nephew Charles is in Boston, has left his wife, is facing "embarrassing circumstances."] He seeks aid from his friends. David's son leaves tomorrow for Rio de Janiero and then Petersburgh in Russia-- he'll be gone a year." 1 cm hole on edge where the seal was opened. 3 pp. 17 x 20 cm. Good. View more info

1830 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF THE SEMINOLE INDIAN WARS AND THE SCANDALOUS CHARGES OF DESERTION AGAINST THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS

By: DAVID EILENBERGER

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: TENNESSEE FLORIDA TN FL, 1830

Seller ID: 0002017

Condition: Good


On offer is a super 1830 manuscript relic of the Seminole Indian wars being a 16 verse poem handwritten by David Eilenberger, as seen by his signature, about the Tennessee soldiers who went to Florida during the Seminole War fighting with Jackson when he invaded Florida, and then who left when their time was up, but then were jailed and tried for treason. The poem alludes to the scandalous mix-up about service times during the Seminole War and which caused supposed desertion charges to the Tennessee militiamen. There has been a 1 ½ x 2 ¾ piece cut from the top right corner affecting nine lin... View more info

1858 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ERA JOURNAL OF HOME REMEDIES AND STATE OF THE ART MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE INCLUDING RECIPES FOR CREATING ARTIFICIAL SKIN, CURING CANCER, CONSUMPTION +++

By: DAVID M. YOUNG

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: GETTYSBURG PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1858

Seller ID: 000889

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational Civil War era handwritten journal of medical cures, home remedies, salve recipes, paint recipes, ointments, tanning instructions, medicinal powders and much, much more, once owned by David Young (born 1838), son of William Young of Two Taverns, Pennsylvania, and husband of Adeline (Plank) Young, daughter of George and Hester Plank and sister of Sarah (Plank) Spangler. The Spangler's were a noted Pennsylvania family whose property was part of the Gettysburg battle. This 6 5/8 x 8 1/8 inch book has 190 hand numbered pages and is filled with writings and littered with ep... View more info

1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A COTTON PLANTATION OWNER TO HIS FRIEND AND ACCOUNTANT DETAILING HIS PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, DESPITE A BOUNTIFUL COTTON CROP THAT YEAR

By: DAVID MOORE [to Mr. Firth]

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA, AL, 1843

Seller ID: 0009114

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting article of the antebellum Deep South. Sent by a Mr. David Moore in 1843, the letter concerns both personal and business matters of a Cotton plantation owner in some trouble. He is writing to his friend, a Mr. Firth, who seems like he is Mr. Moore’s accountant or money manager of sorts and lives in Mississippi. The letter begins with pleasantries towards his friend. “I expected to come bye your place, but the Sickness of my son prevented my leaving home until the last hours. He has recovered and I left him with his Grandmother bringing my wife and two children onl... View more info

1809 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CYPHERING BOOKS [2] HANDWRITTEN BY A FARMER, TRADESMAN AND SOON TO BE PARTICIPANT IN THE WAR OF 1812

By: DAVID WILEY

Price: $2,085.99

Publisher: HARFORD MARYLAND, 1809

Seller ID: 0001663

Condition: Good


On offer are a super pair [2] of 1809 manuscript cypher/mathematics books handwritten by David Wiley who, casual research finds, was a farmer and veteran of the War of 1812. It appears that David was born in Hopewell Pennsylvania and later of Harford Maryland, near Baltimore. Book 1 measuring 13" x 8", has a marbled softcover which is lightly worn, and contains about 70 pages that are all written in a nice but sometimes uneven calligraphic hand. Book 2 has about 59 pages [last 2-3 pages show 1812 trade transactions using his learned skills], covers absent and slightly small than Book 1... View more info

1836 BOOK OF MEMORY AND VERSE WITH REMARKABLE HANDWRITTEN FOUR [4] PAGE DEDICATION BY FIREBRAND ABOLITIONIST AND MEMBER OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - THE REVEREND ENOCK MACK

By: DEBORAH HURD [NEE HAYES]

Price: $3,585.99

Publisher: DOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1836

Seller ID: 000800

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an 1835 handwritten Book of Memories in a lovely red leather album. Deborah Hayes, later known as Deborah Hurd lived in Dover, N.H. at the time the entries were made. Deborah tipped in a picture of herself and on the back of another card was a statement of her birth, death etc. The book's first entry, dated Dover June 2, 1836 seems to have been reserved as a place of honor as the reader finds the first entry is a 3 page rousing dedication by firebrand abolitionist, member of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania the Reverend Enoch Mack: "My Dear Young Friend You have present... View more info

1834 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S GRAND-DAUGHTER TO HIS NAVAL OFFICER GREAT GRANDSON

By: DEBORAH [BACHE] DUANE

Price: $585.99

Publisher: PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA PA, 1834

Seller ID: 00MV106

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a wonderful, relic of Americana being an autographed stampless cover letter signed [ALS] by Deborah Duane, nee Bache. Duane [1781-1863] was the granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin and her mother was Sarah Franklin and her father was Richard Bache. This charming 7-3/4 x 9-1/2 letter dated 'Phil. July 15th, 1834' with a light red Phil postmark is written to her nephew Lieut. A. A. Harwood in Newport, Rhode Island. A lovely, personal letter, reading in part: "... Yours announcing the birth of your second son was duly received... I could not avoid a momentary regret, that he had not... View more info

1883 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF THE READINGS AND WRITINGS OF THE THE SISTERS OF THE CIRCLE WOMEN ONLY LITERATURE AND SCIENCE STUDIES GROUP

By: DELIA M. NEEDHAM on Behalf of the SISTERS OF THE CIRCLE

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: New England, 1883

Seller ID: 0001791

Condition: Good


On offer is a super manuscript relic of late 19th literature, science and female self-improvement being a handwritten notebook and journal detailing the activities of the "Sisters of the Circle" aka "Alpha Circle" of the "C.L.S.C." which was a women only group from various places in the Northeast - Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The women met regularly to discuss Literature and Science. The journal includes meeting roll calls, membership lists, genealogical information, names of the Women in Attendance, names of New Members that joined at regular meet... View more info

1871 & 1907 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY SISTERS BOOKENDING THE LATE 19th CENTURY TO THE EARLY 20th CENTURY IN MASSACHUSETTS

By: DELIA MARIA BATES AND MRS. HIRAM BATES

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Massachusetts, 1871

Seller ID: 0008124

Condition: Good+


On offer is a fascinating. original pair (2) of interesting manuscript diaries that belonged to members of the Bates family in Massachusetts - Mrs. Hiram Bates (nee Ellen Francis Thorpe, in the second marriage Mrs. Charles W. Merry), and her step-daughter Delia Maria Bates. The first diary, authored by Delia Maria Bates in 1871, measures 3'9 x 2'5, and almost 100% complete. The second authored by Ellen Francis Thorpe, measures 3'9 x 2'5, is for 1879, but the entries are for March 3rd to April 10th, 1881 and for May 1st to June 12th, 1907. Both diaries are in very good condition. Delia Maria B... View more info

1863-1865 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE OF CORRESPONDENCE TO SGT. PETER LEER OF THE 103RD REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA WITH DETAILS OF THE CONFEDERATE INVASION OF PENNSYLVANIA

By: DELILAH JONES

Price: $2,869.99

Publisher: Cumberland County Pennsylvania PA, 1863

Seller ID: 000713

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an important archive of sixteen [16] letters, nine of which are dated from the Civil War, with war content and of particular note being a June 1863 letter regarding the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, one later 1894 postcard and two Leer calling cards. All of the letters were written to Peter Leer, a young boy or young man who lived in York Springs, Pennsylvania in Adams County, just north of Gettysburg. A photograph of Leer, later in life, with his wife, is included with this group. Most of the letters appear to have been written by Delilah Jones, who lived in Cumberland Cou... View more info

1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WEST CENTRAL OHIO WOMAN WHO MOST REMARKABLY HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE WAR BEING FOUGHT AROUND HER

By: DELORES DUNN

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: DE GRAFF, OHIO, 1863

Seller ID: 0008121

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting, rather matter-of-fact 19th Century, Civil War era diary that recounts life in middle America with the awful backdrop of an awful war. The diary measures 4.75 inches by 3 inches. It contains 122 pages of entries plus memoranda. The leather cover is worn but intact as are all of the pages. The handwriting is a combination of ink and pencil. Many of the pencilled entries are faded. Delores Dunn lives in the area of De Graff, OH, about 30 miles north of Springfield. In 1860, she is single and lives with her parents and context suggests on a farm. She notes the visits of... View more info

1861 - 1863 CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE INCLUDING TWO [2] IMPORTANT HANDWRITTEN DIARIES OF THE CHICAGO MERCHANTILE LIGHT ARTILLERY INCLUDING THE SOLDIER'S VERY FIRST LETTER HOME AND SIGNED CDVs

By: DICK RANSOM and Multiple Autographs of the 'Battery Boys' of the Chicago Mercantile Battery Light Infantry

Price: $8,595.99

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois IL, 1861

Seller ID: 000615

Condition: Good+


A wonderful archive of historically significant with detailed civil war content: 1) Two detailed Civil War diaries; 2) Ransom's first war letter home; 3) superb signed Ransom Civil War cartes des viste,[cdv]; 4) Other photos: a tintype cdv, gem photo, and another hand colored cdv of his wife Louie (Lucy) Perham; 5) A book titled "Sacred Poems"; 6) Ransom's business card and property tag and lastly but of huge importance to genealogists; 7) Early name and address book of Dick Ransom mentioning many family members and Battery mates. Dick Ransom was from Chicago, Illinois; enlisted on 8/7... View more info

1880-90s GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC [GAR] ARCHIVE OF LETTERS AND HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPTS WITH MULTIPLE AUTOGRAPHS INCLUDING TWO CIVIL WAR MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

By: DICK RANSOM and Multiple Autographs of the 'Battery Boys' of the Chicago Mercantile Battery Light Infantry

Price: $2,095.99

Publisher: Chicago, Illinois IL, 1890

Seller ID: 000615b

Condition: Good+


Important archive of post Civil War GAR letters of the Chicago Mercantile Battery Light Infantry , Chicago, Illinois including two Medals of Honor winner's autographs [Kretsinger and Stevens]. This archive comes from the Dick Ransom estate from his former Civil War comrades specific to the GAR activities for the "Battery Boys." 1) Letter written on behalf of battery mate Dick Ransom by Gardner Willard and signed by 8 additional Chicago Mercantile Battery boys. Two of these signatures belong to Medal of Honor winners William Stevens and George Kretsinger. Other signatures include David ... View more info

1819 HANDWRITTEN HOLOGRAPH LETTER ON OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD STATIONARY FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL CHARENTON HOSPITAL TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR FROM THE SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS COLLECTION

By: DOCTOR DUMANPAN, DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL CHARENTON HOSPITAL

Price: $189.99

Publisher: Charenton, France, 1819

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0TP83B

Condition: Very Good


Dated September 17th, 1819, Doctor Dumanpan writes Monsiuer Mirbel, Director General of the Ministry of the Interior advising the Minister that Madame Gensur is in need of government assistance as she is in failing health. Handwritten notes in the margin acknowledge the message has been circulated accordingly to the request. Biographical Notes: SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS (1792-1872). Born in 1792, Sir Thomas Phillipps from childhood was obsessed with the idea of obtaining virtually anything written or printed on paper, including cartloads of documents from wastepaper merchants and the entire invento... View more info

1864 + 1865 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY MASSACHUSETTS BAPTIST MINISTER AND NOTED DOCTOR OF QUACK REMEDIES AND PATENT COMPOUNDS

By: DOCTOR JAMES W. POLAND

Price: $2,145.99

Publisher: MELROSE MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA, 1864

Seller ID: 0001111

Condition: Good+


On offer are two original manuscript diaries dated 1864 and 1865 by 'Doctor' James W. Poland of Melrose, Massachusetts. James W. Poland was a long time Baptist minister in Goffstown, New Hampshire, when in an attempt to treat himself for some ailment, he came up with the formula for a medicine he called Dr. Poland's White Pine Compound. The medicine was a huge success and Dr. Poland found himself in a new career as a proprietary medicine maker. Eventually he also produced Dr. Poland's Cedar Plaster, White Mountain Bitters, Diarrhea Elixer, Hair Preserver, Poland's Magic Powders, etc. At the ti... View more info

1819 HANDWRITTEN HOLOGRAPH LETTER ON OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD STATIONARY FROM THE KING'S SENIOR PHYSICIAN TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE ANNALS OF ARCHITECTURE

By: DOCTOR JEAN-BAPTISTE REGNAULT, KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF ST. MICHEL, MEDICAL CONSULTANT TO KING LOUIS XVIII, CHIEF MEDICAL DOCTOR AND ADJUNCT TO THE MILITARY HOSPITAL OF THE ROYAL GUARD, ETC.

Price: $289.99

Publisher: Paris, 1819

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0TP83A

Condition: Very Good


Dated October 18th, 1819, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, physician to Louis XVIII, writes an official missive to the Director of the Annals of Architecture regarding an unstated 'deal' that has been proposed and now accepted. Biographical Notes: SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS (1792-1872). Born in 1792, Sir Thomas Phillipps from childhood was obsessed with the idea of obtaining virtually anything written or printed on paper, including cartloads of documents from wastepaper merchants and the entire inventories of booksellers. "I wish to have one copy of every book in the world," he declared to a friend. ... View more info

1816 UNIQUE HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE OF THREE (3) LETTERS OFFERING A GLIMPSE OF THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE FRENCH COURT AND A PERSISTENT RESOURCEFUL DOCTOR USING ALL HIS NETWORKING SKILLS

By: DOCTOR NAUDIN

Price: $469.99

Publisher: France, 1816

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00TP02

Condition: Fine


VERY RARE GLIMPSE OF THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE FRENCH COURT AND A PERSISTENT RESOURCEFUL DOCTOR USING ALL HIS NETWORKING SKILLS. From the estate of the world renowned bibliophile and antiquary, Sir Thomas Phillipps. This document has not been on the open market for over 43 years, when purchased by an esteemed American collector, until now. (Further biographical notes on Sir Thomas are at the end of this item's listing.) THE ITEM: Three letters of varying sizes written by Dr. Naudin. Naudin writes on March 26th, 1816 to Madame La Duchesse explaining he would like to solicit an audience with the... View more info