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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 hand.
I make it my goal to help uncover and
bring these forgotten names and stories to life.

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HE WAS THE MAN WHO DUBBED NH
“THE GRANITE STATE”

JOHN FARMER (1789-1838)  WRITES TO THE FAMOUS MAP MAKER,
PHILIP CARRIGAIN
John 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 pp. total.  ¼ of back page absent, with clean tear to center. Dated Nov., 1837.  Measures 9.5" 7.75".
A VERY NICE ASSOCIATION PIECE SOLD

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 present..."


"The 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 go)..."

GENESEE FALLS, NY, 1859 Six Pages. Anna Davidson to her sister.  So much strife in those days.  Typhoid Fever, deaths,  gloomy days in the small New York Town.   But the new town improves!
 Anna describes the atmosphere in great detail.
Pack with many names and local town information. 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 Cass. 
They can hardly swallow the nomination, and many bolt outright, then at least they are right..."


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TO 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.

Price: 55.00


FREE FRANK – ENVELOPE TO BALTIMORE WITH RED POSTAL FREE
"WASHINGTON" 

DRED SCOT CASE LAWYER 
COUNSEL TO LINCOLN CONSPIRATOR
Reverdy Johnson
(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.        SOLD

[SPIRITUALISTS, MEDIUMS, CLAIRVOYANTS] 1854, Three page letter HAVERHILL, MA.
Interesting missive with small illustration inside.
"B. 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. SOLD

[CIVIL WAR] Tallula, Illinois. Sept 15, 1862 – John Worth to Eliza Heath. 4 pp. letter with War content.
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"..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..."

“…the government 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 [famous 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…]   SOLD

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