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1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE RARE AND UNUSUAL METEOROLOGICAL EVENT KNOWN AS PARHELIA OR SUN DOGS

By: A.S.

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: BROOKLINE MASSACHUSETTS, 1859

Seller ID: 0002065


On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic of mid 19th Century meteorological occurrence of note being a handwritten eyewitness account of what the Harvard College Observatory, Annals, Vol. 19 described as a "Parhelia of the usual form, but of remarkable brilliance." The account which includes a pen and ink drawing signed A.S. describes the observation which occurred in Brookline Massachusetts on April 2, 1859. The notes in part: "About one fifth of... View more info

1849 - 1860 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT FINANCIAL DIARY AND INVESTOR'S LEDGER DETAILING THE HISTORY OF TWO SHIPS PLYING THEIR TRADE ON THE ATLANTIC

By: A.W. KENNEDY

Price: $2,055.99

Publisher: Plymouth Massachusetts MASS MA, 1849

Seller ID: 0002139


On offer is a super, original 1849 - 1860 financial and investment diary and ship owner's ledger handwritten by A.W. Kennedy one of many share owners and likely the 'Chief Operating Officer' in two stated ships; The "M.R.Ludwig" and the "Brig Darien". The many intimate details of the investors, costs related to ship building, supplies etc., are finely detailed and within the 136 pages a wealth of mid 19th century marine commerce is revealed. There are a f... View more info

1858 CHARMING EARLY PIONEER HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM ILLINOIS

By: ABDIEL & JANE

Price: $359.99

Publisher: Giraed, Illinois, 1858

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV208


Superb early pre Civil War letter in lovely hand by ABDIEL & JANE - ALS, GIRAED, ILLINOIS, 1858, 4 full pages, 4to. Wonderful letter to cousin urging him to come west, buy a farm and be their neighbor. Super snapshot of early life and family warmth. Fine. View more info

1813 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, LETTERS TO THE GOVERNOR, PROTEST OF LAND TRANSFERS AND SCHOOL POLICIES OF EARLY NEW HAMPSHIRE

By: ABEL BROWN

Price: $985.99

Publisher: SOUTH HAMPTON SEABROOK NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1813

Seller ID: 0001180


On offer is a super manuscript relic of early 19th century New Hampshire government and judicial proceedings and some legislative acts and even a protest being the original manuscript daybook of Abel Brown of Southampton, New Hampshire. He identifies himself as a witness to proceeding and recorder of such. There are a number of signatures and initials of other witnesses, signers to Abel's writings etc. Handwritten notes dating from 1813 through 1824 over 24 pages of writ... View more info

1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF NORTH OXFORD COUNTY ONTARIO FINANCE AND COMMERCE HANDWRITTEN BY THE COUNTY TREASURER

By: ABRAHAM JOHN HILLSDON

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: NORTH OXFORD COUNTY ON EAST NISSOURI WOODSTOCK, 1886

Seller ID: 0002014


On offer is an interesting, original later 19th Century Municipal Record book from North Oxford, Ontario dated 1886-87. Titled: Township of North Oxford, Debenture Accounts, Henderson Creek Drain under By Law No. 176. 1886 & 1887. The treasurer is an Abraham John Hillsdon, and the accounts are written in his hand ~ lists of income received and expenditures for this Henderson Creek Drain project in 1887. There are 29 written pages, starting in 1887, with the last entry in... View more info

1861 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN ON STATIONARY ADDRESSED FROM THE "EXECUTIVE MANSION"

By: ABRAHAM LINCOLN SECRETARY

Price: $545.99

Publisher: Washington DC, 1861

Seller ID: 000720


On offer is a very mysterious, enigmatic, perhaps incomplete as it is an unsigned, letter dated July 12, 1861 from the Executive Mansion. As evidenced on the first page in the hand of an old archivist or perhaps auction house this letter is written "During Lincoln's administration the man writing this was Lincoln's Secretary." This would have been written within months of Lincoln taking the Presidential office and moving into the White House. Lincoln had several ... View more info

1863 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER DETAILING THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THIS 87 YEAR OLD MAN WHEN HE LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY IN 1791

By: ADAMS FAMILY [?]

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland MD, 1863

Seller ID: 0002007


On offer is a fascinating, historic, original manuscript letter written by an unknown elderly Baltimore man and likely a member of the Adams family and related to Thomas Boylston Adams (September 15, 1772 - March 13, 1832), the third and youngest son of John and Abigail (Smith) Adams in response to a request he write of his life and times in New York City. [The letter was part of a greater group from the Thomas Boylston Adams papers.] The writer relates what an active, i... View more info

1823 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY ONE OF ENGLAND'S GREATEST NAVAL HEROES - THE MODEL FOR HORATIO HORNBLOWER AND 'LUCKY' CAPTAIN JACK AUBREY BUT KNOWN TO THE FRENCH NAVY AS THE 'WOLF OF THE SEAS'

By: ADMIRAL THOMAS COCHRANE, 10th EARL OF DUNDONALD, a.k.a. LE LOUP DES MERS [THE WOLF OF THE SEA]

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: BRAZIL [?], 1823

Seller ID: 0001421


On offer is a super, original 1823 manuscript letter handwritten by Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhão, GCB, ODM (Chile) (1775-1860), styled Lord Cochrane between 1778 and 1831, was a senior British naval flag officer and radical politician. He was a daring and successful captain of the Napoleonic Wars, leading the French to nickname him 'Le Loup des Mers' ('The Sea Wolf' or 'The Wolf of the Seas'). Cochrane was the model for Patrick O... View more info

1886 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN LETTER OF A MEMBER OF THE GLENDALE RIVER INHABITANTS MISSION, AND CATHOLIC COMMUNITY ISOLATED IN THE DEEP WOODS OF CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

By: ALEXANDER C. CHRISHOLY [to Allan McLean]

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: GLENDALE, RIVER INHABITANTS, CAPE BRETON, NS, 1886

Seller ID: 0009115


On offer is a letter from an isolated and small community in 19th Century Nova Scotia. From the Catholic Glendale, River Inhabitants mission, this letter is dated January 11th, 1886 and details the recent events in the life of one of its members. The author of the letter is one “Alexander C. Chrisholy” to his friend “Allan McLean”. The letter concerns Mr. Chrisholy and the events leading up to the holidays and New Year of 1886. “I would have written two you lon... View more info

1890 ORIGINAL 'PRESSED COPY' MANUSCRIPT LETTER WRITTEN BY FAMED POSTAL INSPECTOR ALONZO SHARP REQUESTING THAT THE STORIED POSTMASTER OF ATHENS GEORGIA BE FIRED

By: ALONZO G. SHARP

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON [DC], 1890

Seller ID: 0001852


On offer is a fascinating original, 'pressed copy*' U.S. Post Office department letter dated March 10, 1890. It is written to Chief Postal Inspector E.G. Rathbone by one of the U.S. Post Office's most renowned Postal Inspectors Alonzo G. Sharp. This letter is in reference to dismissing African-American Postmaster Monroe B. (Pink) Morton of Athens, Georgia for blowing the cover of undercover Postal Inspectors to other Postal Officials. (Postal Inspectors act as the Detect... View more info

1851 HANDWRITTEN STAMPLESS COVER ALS TO THE SELECTMEN OF PLAINFIELD REGARDING SAMUEL HARVEY

By: ALVIRA MERRIAM, Contractor for Keeping State Paupers

Price: $339.99

Publisher: North Granby Connecticut CT Plainfield CT, 1851

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000687


Stampless cover from the Contractor for the care of paupers for the State of Connecticut, Alvira Merriam writes the Selectmen of Plainfield, Connecticut regarding an inhabitant, Samuel Harvey, and his status. Alvira takes a very imperious tone interestingly enough. Dated North Granby, August 14th, 1851. VG. View more info

1846 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER REGARDING THE SHIPWRECK OF THE SCHOONER LYDIA

By: AMANDA F. KELSEY

Price: $229.99

Publisher: Westbrook, Ct, 1846

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0MV688


1846 AMANDA F. KELSEY - ALS [STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER], Westbrook, Ct., 1846, 3 pages, 4to, plus integral address leaf. Writing to her nephew about the family's concern that he was on board the Shipwreck of the Schooner Lydia. Ms. Kelsey writes of the many nights of missed sleep by her mother, sick with worry over the reports of the Lydia's sinking. Very touching description and familial connection. Manuscript PAID postal marking. Overall in good shape though a bit fragil... View more info

1870s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF RECIPES, REMEDIES AND MEDICAL CURES HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTABLE LIMA OHIO DOCTOR AND INVENTOR

By: AMERICUS MIESSE

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: LIMA, OHIO, 1870

Seller ID: 0008076


On hand is a rare and valuable medical formulation notebook from the mid 19th Century. Measuring 8 inches by 6.5 inches, the notebook contains 54 pages which are approximately 60 % complete. Also included are a number of newspaper clippings and ephemera. The front cover has separated but all pages are bound together. The handwriting is a graceful copperplate and is for the most part legible. Americus Miesse was an American physician of note. He was also an inventor with ... View more info

1862 - 1863 SMALL ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A 48th REGIMENT MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER

By: AMOS B. GEORGE

Price: $685.99

Publisher: WENHAM MASSACHUSETTS MASS MA CAMP BANKS LOUISIANA, 1862

Seller ID: 00MV126


On offer is a small archive of 3 manuscript letters handwritten by Amos B. George, Co. A 48th Regt. Mass. Volunteers, two written in 1862 from Camp Lander in Wenham, Mass. and one written in 1863 from Camp Banks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 5 x 8 (folded sheets), 10 pages total; with two original transmittal envelopes (postal cancel/ stamp removed from one envelope), with fine Civil War era content: [10/8/1862] "... We have got our uniforms now so that we are all ready f... View more info

1874 ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH AND MEMORY ALBUM FILLED WITH LOVE, ROMANCE AND YEARNING OF A YOUNG QUEBEC GIRL

By: ANNA M. GETHINGS

Price: $855.99

Publisher: Quebec, Canada, 1874

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0001280


On offer is the original 1874-75 autograph, poetry and memory album of a 13 year old Quebec girl "Anna Gethings / Quebec / '74" as stated on the inside front cover. In all there are about 27 pages with manuscript writing, most filled in completely. Most of the writing is romantic poetry: love, kissing, constancy, autumn, love, yearning and more kissing. The poetry is most likely hand copied from other books but collectors and historians of the era will nonetheles... View more info

1887 - 1905 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND SCRAPBOOK OF A FUTURE AUTHOR, POET AND LESBIAN LOVER OF JEANETTE PAYSON

By: ANNIE OAKES HUNTINGTON

Price: $3,255.99

Publisher: JAMAICA PLAINS HONG KONG BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS MA, 1887

Seller ID: 0001934


On offer is a simply fascinating original 1887 - 1905 manuscript journal and scrapbook of the young Annie Oakes Huntington. Annie has an absolutely amazing history especially given the era: Huntington was born in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts in 1875. She was from the famed Boston Quincy family on her mother's side (Elizabeth Quincy Huntington), and her father, Elijah Hunt Mills Huntington, was a grandson of Senator Mills of Massachusetts. Huntington had an ambitious and... View more info

1839 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LETTER BY A ROGUE, SCAMP AND HERO OF THE SINKING OF THE STEAMBOAT ANTHONY WAYNE

By: ANTHONY BUTLER

Price: $655.99

Publisher: NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA LA, 1839

Seller ID: 00MV48


On offer is an original handwritten autograph letter, ALS, by Anthony Butler (1787?-1849?) lawyer, soldier, politician and rogue. This is a stampless cover, no postal marks dated New Orleans, 1839, 1p, 7-3/4 x 12-1/2 in. To Lewis Daniell at New Orleans. Penned above the letter is a signed promissory note promising to pay Daniell $1060. The letter that follows illuminates the scheming nature of the man: "If you could only find it convenient to receive Land in payment... View more info

SUPERB COMMUNE POSTER 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR POSTER CALLING FOR 'L'HUMANITE'

By: ANTI-WAR COMMUNE

Price: $149.99

Publisher: France, 1871

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 00JT57


Incredible, anti-patriotic French document calling for an end to violence and calling for "L'Humanite". France was considered by most Prussians as being very aggressive regarding the loose coalition of states prior to the formation of the German Empire. The conflict led to the end of the Nalpoleonic era and to France becoming the only republican great power. The document is headed - TUER EST TOUJOURS UN CRIME! - To Kill is Always A Crime. View more info

Image for 1858 - 1876 ORIGINAL GROUP OF 17 MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A NORTH CAROLINA MAN NOW LIVING IN ALABAMA DETAILING TO HIS SISTERS AND BROTHER ALL ABOUT HIS LIFE IN THE DEEP SOUTH BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

1858 - 1876 ORIGINAL GROUP OF 17 MANUSCRIPT LETTERS HANDWRITTEN BY A NORTH CAROLINA MAN NOW LIVING IN ALABAMA DETAILING TO HIS SISTERS AND BROTHER ALL ABOUT HIS LIFE IN THE DEEP SOUTH BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

By: ARCHIBALD [ARCHIE] M. MCLAUCHLIN

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: LOWER PEACH TREE WILCOX COUNTY ALABAMA LOWNDES ASH, 1858

Seller ID: 0002376


On offer is a super, original archive of 17 manuscript letters handwritten by teacher and 'farmer', though gardener would be more apt in the early years, Archibald M. McLauchlin, originally of North Carolina, writing from a number of locales over the years all in Alabama, who maintains a correspondence with family back home; sisters Mary and Sarah and brother Neill. [While there are no covers we know the family live in North Carolina.] Archie as he often signs himself wr... View more info

1840 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG EPISCOPAL MISSIONARY TO LAFAYETTE INDIANA WRITING TO HIS WIFE

By: ASHBEL STEELE

Price: $985.99

Publisher: LAFAYETTE INDIANA IN, 1840

Seller ID: 0001629


On offer is a great, original stampless/folded autographed letter [ALS] handwritten by Ashbel Steele an early Episcopal minister and missionary to Indiana. Dated July 9, 1840 Lafayette, Indiana and sent to his wife Clarissa Steele in New Albany, Indiana. In this letter, he describes his stage coach journey from New Albany via Terre Haute - having just arrived in Lafayette. The Bishop of their church is also in Lafayette on a trip and soon heading to Chicago. Ashbel is c... View more info