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To me, there is
nothing more precious than the handwritten letter,
one that details history in the author's own unique way.
There is a spirit that comes from the long gone hand, their
personality comes through in the pen; their story preserved for the
generations. I can feel that spirit as I hold that letter in my
I make it my goal to help uncover and
bring these forgotten names and stories to life.
STAMPLESS COVER & LETTER
HE WAS THE MAN WHO DUBBED NH
“THE GRANITE STATE”
(1789-1838) WRITES TO THE FAMOUS MAP MAKER,
Farmer was an American historian, author and genealogist. He is
considered the founder of systematic genealogy in America.
Philip Carrigain was the well known NH Mapmaker and Sec of State.
Farmer writes to Carrigain regarding the death
of “lamented friend Bartlett,” referring to
Josiah Bartlett, Jr., Son of the Signer of the Declaration of
Independence. Mentions “preparing an obituary” to appear in “The
Statesmen.” Integral Stampless Cover, 1 1/3 pp. manuscript, 4
back page absent, with clean tear to center.
Dated Nov., 1837. Measures 9.5" 7.75".
A VERY NICE
A SMALL NEW YORK TOWN, 1859
"Mixville improves slowly, a few new houses and a new bridge over
the creek by the furnace painted red only one store in operation at
typhoid fever has been very prevalent in this section of country for
a few years past it has taken the middle aged class mostly...
There was a protracted meeting held at
Mixville the past Winter. The meetings were quite interesting and
about forty became hopefully converted, about twenty five joined the
Methodist Church. Then, there was a little flock left, who could
not go with the Methodist (and as it were, having no where to
GENESEE FALLS, NY, 1859 – Six Pages. Anna
Davidson to her sister. So much strife in those days. Typhoid
gloomy days in the small New York Town.
new town improves!
Anna describes the atmosphere in great detail.
Pack with many names and local town
Genesee Falls / Mixville, NY
Measures 6" x 7.5" Fine. SOLD
“..You must excuse
me for neglecting to write about Taylor & Fillmore in my last…The
Whigs have rec'd. the nomination with coldness.
Many declare that
they will not support it.
On the other hand, the Democrats are lukewarm in their support of
They can hardly swallow the nomination, and many bolt outright,
then at least they are right..."
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GENERAL ARTEMUS WARD'S GRANDSON
TRENTON, NJ August 14, 1848. Lodowick Fosdick Billings, 1849
Harvard Graduate to his College friend, Artemas Ward Lamson.
(1830-1910) 3pp. Political content regarding the zeitgeist of
the upcoming 1848 election. A few minor fox marks,
otherwise Fine condition.
"The Buffalo nomination
is also unsatisfactory…Whigs do not like Van Buren. Democrats,
displeased with the regular nomination, but not actual barnburners,
are disgusted with his fickle course. The result is that many of
all parties will not vote at all. I have seen but one hot Taylor
Whig. He was noisy enough. He would suit you. My valuable opinion
is that Taylor will be the next president, and this opinion is the
more valuable because formed against my will, & in the face of
testimony and observation.”
Full Letter Transcribed and provided upon purchase.
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DRED SCOT CASE
COUNSEL TO LINCOLN CONSPIRATOR
(1796–1876) lawyer and statesman; Annapolis, Md.; Maryland
legislature; (1821–28), United States Senate; (1845–49) Attorney
General under Zachary Taylor;
As counsel for the defense in the Dred Scott Case,
he was known to have greatly influenced the Supreme Court,
particularly Chief Justice Roger B. Taney.
[SPIRITUALISTS, MEDIUMS, CLAIRVOYANTS]
1854, Three page letter HAVERHILL, MA.
Interesting missive with small illustration inside.
Greenleaf, a speaking medium of this place is thinking of moving
there. There is a medium in Winchester at the junction of the
Lowell and Woburn RR 2 miles below me that] will hold an empty glass
bottles in her hand / they will disappear and then return filled
with liquid with directions for using for medical purpose.…
Datelined Haverhill, Mar 16, 1854.
3 pp. Some light age wear, generally Fine condition.
[CIVIL WAR] Tallula, Illinois. Sept 15, 1862 – John Worth to
Eliza Heath. 4 pp. letter with War content.
"..I hope the rebels will keep Gen. McLellan, where he will not have
a chance to murder his men in the trenches of the Chickahominy
Swamps, and that his much vaunted "Strategy" may be demonstrated to
be to be worth something..."
seems determined to let the rebels get the start, and it is not
unlikely ere this reaches you, that the rebels will have desolated
the densely peopled portions of Pennsylvania, and be in undisputed
possession of both the Quaker, and the Garden City…
Measures 5" x 8.5"; Last page on scan shows discoloration.
This appears to more a product of the scanner, not the original. In
Fine condition. SOLD
William Woodruff Niles (May 24, 1832 - March 31, 1914) was
the third bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and served as such from 1870
until his death in 1914
Bishop William Woodruff
Niles writes a poignant letter to his daughter
ROME, 1881; Descriptive of his travels in Rome, ruins, riding on
a donkey, how he baptized a two day old child, etc…Nicely written
and sweet! Signed “Papa.”
Bishop of NH – Married Bertha
Olmstead Niles, half sister to the famous architect, Frederich Law
Olmsted (Founder of
American Landscape Architecture
for designing many well-known urban parks, including Central Park
and Prospect Park in New York City, Niagara Reservation; Mount
Royal Park in Montreal in Canada; the Emerald Necklace in Boston,
Massachusetts; the Belle Isle Park, etc…]
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