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Collection of handwritten and typed recipes . ..
Price: 45.00

9 recipes and recipe books, most are hand written but there is one set of typed recipes on Herald Tribune Home Institute paper. Recipes include: Genuine Bay Rum, Cold Slaw Dressing, Preserved Strawberries, Orange Marmalade, Sour Milk Cake, Cake Pie with Fruit, Cookies, Current Wine, Confection of Senna (which is on the back of an 1855 advertisement for house repairs),  The typwritten collections is titled "Italian Recipes" "Vitamins in Italy"  by the Browns. It consists of 6 typed pages of Italian recipes such as Ravioli,Osso Bucco, Scaloppine Con Funghi, and Pollo Al Vino Bianco. Herald Tribune Home Institute published a cookbook ca. 1940's. . some recipes have staining and tears, all recipes are able to be read but some handwritings are difficult to decipher
Handwritten Letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy Regarding Help with Clothing her Children. ..1952
Price: 50.00

A pencil written letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy writing to seek her assistance in clothing her children. 1952. The note was delivered to Mrs. Heagy by Johnny Hall, her son who apparently worked for Mrs. Heagy. Written by a poorly educated woman in partial sentences first praising the recipient for being so nice to her son and then asking for old clothes she may have for children “I have got girles and boy all size”. She then discusses the need to work “to pay up my Bill it takes so much to clothes the children”. Envelope included. .
Vacation Notes - Pyrography Decorated Suede Cover Depicting the exterior of "The Northfield", Northfield MA, July 3 - 12, 1898.
Price: 100.00

A 7 3/4" x 5 1/4" suede cover with suede tie binding. The cover is pyrography decorated and depicts the exterior and grounds of the Northfield Chateau. The journey begins with the traveler leaving Springfield MA at 3:30 pm on July 3, 1898. Based on the content of the 20 pencil written pages it appears that the gentleman was attending a religious retreat with numerous lectures. The writer describes content of the lectures and his interpretations. The retreat was apparently also attended by his son. The writing concludes with "Enjoyed being with my boy up here and it was sure good food for thought that has found a resting place in my heart". First and last page heavily toned from acid leaching from the leather. (
In search of a job - Letters of Recommendation & Certificates for Josephine Smith, West Gardner ME 1864. . ..
Price: 100.00

A letter of reference, a certificate and her high school report card were the tools used by Miss Josephine Smith in 1864 to attempt to secure a job as a school teacher.   Apparently they worked as this grouping also includes two letters from the Superintendent of  Schools attesting she is qualified to teach for the 1866 and 1867 terms. .
“The Wreath of Wild Flowers”. Editresses Miss Laura Scott, Miss Laura Stillman, Miss August Hyde and Miss Jennie Reandall. Students at Cortland Academy, Cortland NY c 1870s. ..
Price: 100.00

30 pp. manuscript verses edited by four young ladies, perhaps a senior project.   They appear to have been written by others.   Titles include  Where is Solitude,  The Schoolgirls Lamentation, Thoughts on Leaving School, Soliloquy of a Young Housekeeper,  Glory and Shame of American,  The Erring One and more.  Measures 8” x 10”.   . some toning
Partnership agreement for Giffin, Denniston & Co. makers of Watch Case and the dealing in Watches, New York City, 1850 . ..
Price: 125.00

A  4 page manuscript partnership agreement document describing the terms and conditions of the three person partnership including the purchase of the business of Thomas Bond, the shop and tools.  They are Stephen Clarke, Nelson Andrews and John H. Giffin. Signed and sealed on reverse. Measures 10" x 7 3/4". .
Alice Woodforde Calligraphy Book in multiple German scripts including Gothic, French, English and more..
Price: 150.00

A 9" x 7 5/8" specimen book or examination for Alice Woodforde.  Includes a title page with her  name. A page and a double page with various German script alphabets including (old) Gothic.  Another page "The Evening Prayer" in French" and a poem "Flowers" by Longfellow in English with pencil drawn flowers at the top of the page.
Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Price: 180.00

Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
An original Get Well Story and Whimsical Drawings to a hospitalized child by Sidney Ernestine Warfel. .Chicago.1946
Price: 250.00

A two page typed story to Virginia Whitley at St. Joseph's Hospital , Joliet IL. 1946. The story begins with I do not know you and you don't know me, but what difference does that make? She had heard she was ill and needed something to bright her days, so Sidney wrote a nonsense story  with the characters Ellalulu, Lally Dee, the Dog --Beauty Belle, Ellalulu's cat- Sput and the moneky.  Accompanied by sitck figure drawings each measures 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  With original envelope. Charming. .
Series of Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848 . ..
Price: 275.00

A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. · Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 (http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/phebe-oliver-morton_22451705?geo_a=r&o_iid=41014&o_lid=41014&o_sch=Web+Property) · Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 (http://vaughan-vaughn.org/res-danielv.htm ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary · Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? · Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? (http://carpentercousins.com/wc-584-desc/aqwg195.htm) Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane . wear from age
A collection of five (5) immediate post WWII typewritten letters embellished with watercolor illustrations superimposed on the letter sheets and/or applied at the top of the page. . .California.1945
Price: 325.00

The content is politically oriented and tongue-in-cheek.  The letters were addressed to Miss Eleanor Langlois of Guernewood Park, CA from J. E.  Langlois and Oscar Smith, both of San Francisco.   J.E. is Eleanor’s father.   The letters are dated August 13-20, 1945. August 14, is labeled V-J Day when Japan surrendered after WWII. The letters mention riots in San Francisco, food rationing, and  refers to their dog Geep. The letter writer mentions his tiring of meat loaf and his excitement to get eggs and lists the many ways he would like to cook them. He questions of they have gotten sugar yet. He is on edge and mentions how he jumps when ever he hears a noise. He has a sarcastic air and references times significant to the time such as Aunt Jemima's pancake mix and Seely mattresses. .
9 Letters Between Sisters and Cousins, Wheelers and Spragues, Massachusetts 1819-1852
Price: 350.00

A series of nine letters from 1819-1852 from a Massachusetts family.   In summary discussions include wanting to become a teacher to teach her siblings, a healing water in short supply to “cure” a little boys eye disease, the price of wheat, concerns about scarlet fever, the cost of a home ($400), a “hard cough” that may take a relative and the passing of a family member. The correspondence are both between cousins or siblings discussing their everyday lives. The majority of the correspondence is a set of letters from Celia Harris to her sister Polly Wheeler, from the 1840s to the early 1850s. It would appear that for whatever reason there was some estrangement between Celia and the rest of her family, as they barely exchanged more than one letter a year despite repeated requests for more frequent correspondence or a visit.  Some points of note include: · One of the sisters is taking classes along with the hope that she soon will be qualified to teach her sisters as well. · A note about obtaining a small amount of curing waters that washed out a lot of the matter from a child’s eyes,  and without the water the child may lose his eyesight. · The amount and price of wheat · The bountiful harvest and price of fruit · A warm winter lead to “weak sleighing” · Purchasing a house that is warm for $400 · The death of a relative leaving a widower with 5 children Additional information available. .
Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
Price: 375.00

A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy.  Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life.  Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Price: 425.00

Small size book constructed of a front and back book cover two leaves of lined laid paper cut to fit the covers an held in place wtih thread. Old sewing repair holds covers together at backstrip.  A button is affixed to the front cover and a leather closure is sewn on the back cover with a buttonhole that clasps over the button.   When opened it reveals the daily activity of the lad of few words.  The pages are titled at the top of each month beginning with January 1857.  Many of the lines in the first half are occupied with "To School"  Some additional lines include: -school didn't keep , setting up wood, - made an axe handle - did nothing - Do work for Brown - Haying - A happy mood - Setting up wood - Killed the hog - made a gate - Picking Rocks - Cutting Bushes - To work for Brown- Holding plow for Clough - Drawing Stone and Plowing -Picking Apples - Making "sider" (cider) - Drawing dung - a couple of lines of secret code .  Each of the tasks is repeated numerous time.  The life of a young boy in an 1850s tweets!  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  .
A River Story - To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
Price: 450.00

A handmade book constructed with plain paper and stock covers and a ribbon binding to hold the pages in place. "A River Story" is penned on the cover and title page.  The story of the life of a river from its infancy as a tiny stream and how it grows to meet life's challenges including waterfalls and  powering a waterwheel and growing weary from toiling long and hard.  It concludes with "My life has been long and happy and many wonderful and beautiful scenes awit me in the other higher broader life (which in this instance is flowing into the ocean to be free from worry and overwork)...And last farewell to you, my dear readers. Every page of text is accompanied by a relevant pen and ink drawing. Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2".. Cover wear with chip from top margin and corner chips. Light toning. Accompanied by a note from Agnes Hornung giving this book to Ada Hudson on her 16th birthday, March 11, 1892, as a token of love and remembrance from her friend.
Correspondence from Christopher Greaves, who had attended Yeates Institute, Belmont, Lancaster PA to Ludwig F. C. Haas, of Lancaster PA while attending Phillips Academy, Andover MA. . ..1901-1903
Price: 450.00

June 25, 1901 – South Lowestoft Discussion: · Birthday wishes · Bird egg collection · Lots of questions on classmates and activities · Attending games in motor cars · The New English Stamps · The ferry rockets Illustrations: · Greaves at his desk composing letter with lots of questions · Bull ramming ostrich with head in the sand; bull about to be hit by a cattle catcher on a train · Two views of a cherry tree before and after damage Five (5) crests. January 6, 1902 Discussion: · Discussion about a photo he’d received with the last letter · Christmas holidays and presents · Putting up two new bird boxes · Playing golf and bicycle riding · Hunting and other sports Illustrations: · Man riding a horse · Scared cat · Students escaping from lecture · Bicycle riders · Birds’ nests · Golfers · Self-portrait Six (6) postage stamps March 18, 1902 Discussion: · News in previous correspondence · Request for US stamps School football (soccer) · Crow’s behavior in the UK and US and spending time on the Conestoga with friends seeing the many blackbirds and finding three (3)dead crows in a nest · Discussion on where-abouts and disposition of previous classmates Illustrations: · Baby birds in a nest – mama bird hovering above · Haas McDevilt Champion figure staking day – series of views · Boy and man chased up a tree by dogs · Prof. Lader Shands of Harvard “How to raise potatoes” · Mc Briggs alias Christopher Greaves (letter writer) August 15, 1902 Discussion: · Thanks for splendid stamps, sharing with friends · Didn’t get the eggs his birthday, bird nesting · Comments on Haas’ hideous nightmarish pictures · Congrats as treasurer of Athletic Association; teasing about bagging the money · Crew races and how funny friends looked with head’s shaved Illustrations: · Treasure of Athletic Association collecting fees · Bicycle riding and tricks · Bird nesting in the meadows “keep your eyes open” · Bird scooping fish out of water · Men hunting rabbits One (1) stamp August 20, 1902 – Forest Hill, Oxford Eng. Discussion: · A school chum had accused him of getting married · Discussions on bird migrations cross the Channel, Mediterranean sea N. Africa, Southern Spain · King’s illness before coronation · Summer guest and their activities while in town · Bicycle touring in country side · Attending Coronation Procession in London – lots of Americans; naval review mostly foreign warships were away · Boating picnic at Oxford · Boer generals in London · Big railway races in America · Questions on classmates Illustrations: · Man reading NY paper looking for marriage announcement · Birds dressed in vacation attire approaching a train to S. Spain · Man in knickers playing golf · Fishing from a canoe · Man eating watermelon · Little girls · Man with umbrella atop airship with balloon tied to a pig February 1903 Discussion: · “royal shoot” with Prince Wales, · Collecting stamps or crests · Collecting “English Eggs” and updating the collection · Many terrible rail accidents in the US , wonders if the “flying machins will come in fashion” · The wonders of the Marconi system · Playing golf · Re Ludwig’s picture in long pants—a new sensation getting old · Bluebirds’ nests and wondering about their habits · Football (US) and Sir Thos. Lipton “lifting” the America Cup. Illustrations: · Boy sneaking an egg from a nest · American football · Granny peddling an air balloon · Series of views of an ice skater racing and falling November (no year) Discussions: · Collecting Crests · Playing football · Two vessels driven ashore due to rough weather Illustrations: · Golfer · Boys falling on ice while skating · A rabbit Four (4) crest, two (2) postage stamps. .
Mid -18th C. Poem & Watercolor - an acerbic commentary on the artifices and contrivances of contemporary womanhood
Price: 475.00

The hand painted satirical caricature measures 5 3/4 x 9 inches and the accompanying poem is also on a 5 3/4 x 9 inch page.  Loosely translated the verse  is titled "Confidential report on the findings during an autopsy" and begins The heart was split and perforated by arrows that had entered it  a sponge's ____ would have been useful to suck up the filth That Which won her honor is a wreath, now decomposed, has many to knick and is wispy as brushwood, rods for children's rumps (complete loose translation accompanies the verse.  Art is signed in the bottom right "Detiene Fapres Reinhart".  Created on laid paper ; some wear. .
John Greenleaf WhittierAutographed Cabinet Card, Manuscript Sign Verse and pen and ink of "The Captain's Well" 1870s-1880s
Price: 500.00

A grouping of materials related to Whittier.  The first is a cabinet card with Whittier's signature at base.  The second is a 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" page from an autograph album with what seems to be an original verse penned and signed by John G. Whittier, Amesbury 1878.  The reverse has an drawing by Alice C. Boynton, Boston MA. The third is a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of shingle with a pen and ink somewhat naive drawing of "The Captain's Well".  It is captioned "And I knew in that vision beyong the sea, The very place where my well must be". Penned on the reverse "Picture of the 'Captian's Well' at Amesbury on a shingle from John G. Whittier's House in Amesbury". This is being sold only as an illustration, there has been no attempt to confirm that the wood shingle is from Whittier's home. The final item is a snippet from a letter penned by Whittier..
5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday"
Price: 550.00

A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA.  Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top.  Some with red and black borders.   Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian.  A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th.  Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899.  Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889.  Moving and thought provoking.. A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old.  An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Price: 550.00

Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints.  Companies represented include:The Enger Motor Car Co.,  The  Selden Car, Marion Motor Cars, Lewis Cars, Regal Motor Cars,Ford Motor Cars, Oakland King Regal, Pierce Arrow, Skinner Motor Cars (Packard, Chalmers, Dodge), General Electric (Maxwell-Briscoe car) and Sutdebaker.  Related merchants include: Kenwell & Brown - Garage and Repair Shop and Exide Battery Depots. Content includes Negotiated price on a Studebaker was $14,000; that on a lingering Marion "Six $1,400. Lack or delays in replacement parts Cost of a battery $199--complete with rubber jars Negotiation of an agency territory for Saratoga, Washington & Warren counties (NY state) Details on the Selden passenger bus including various vehicle specifications and financing arrangements. The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in 1917.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97.
Price: 800.00

Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97. The estate belonged to David Wallace and his wife Ruth, who was the widow of Hopper Mott, a prominent New York City family.

Categories include:
  • 82 receipts for Food including o Extensive monthly receipts for fish, pork and meat o Weekly and/or monthly receipts for general groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, butter and cheese. Mostly from different vendors o Liquor and wine bills
  • 59 receipts for Utilities o Water bills o Coal, Wood & Coke o Ice o Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
  • 72 receipts relating to transportation and communication o Fairbanks’ scales o Western Union telegraph monthly bills o Newspaper subscriptions and box rental o Steamships, mercantile fees and sail making o Railway passage o Express companies
  • 92 receipts for miscellaneous household receipts including o Livestock feed o Crockery and glassware o Guns and gun material o Trunks, bags, shawl straps o Plate glass o Watches, clocks, jewelry o Slate, tin, copper gravel roof o Carpets, wallpapers & draperies o Cloths and clothing o House, ship, sign and ornament painters o Stoves, ranges, furnaces, tin and sheet iron ware
  • 16 receipts for horses and carriage care and maintenance o Stabling o Horse shoeing and other animal maintenance o Horse and carriage furnishings o Carriage maintenance and repair including painting An interesting letter from a Manufacturer of Light Carriages and Wagons about laying pipe for water allowing adequate supply for 20 families.
  • 77 receipts for plants and seeds, fertilizer, garden supplies and ornaments, greenhouse supplies. This appears to have been a great passion for the household. Many of the receipts are multiple pages of large quantities of trees, plants and seeds from the premiere producers at the time. o Trees, plants and seeds from nurseries and auctions o Fertilizer and farming tools o Greenhouse and garden equipment and pasture leases o Letters regarding “master gardening” and requests for refunds for plants that died .
Family papers including hair genealogy – “My Children’s Hair” (1808-1833) & Northwest Territories (1856-1859)
Price: 1,600.00

Also includes correspondence between a mother and her sons as they explored the Northwest Territories (1856-1859) for the James Rogers’ family, New Castle Delaware, New Castle, Delaware, chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Attorney General and Secretary of State of Delaware.

James Rogers (1789-1870) married Maria Booth in 1807. Materials include: a. Genealogy and snippets of each of the children’s hair. Two pages attached at top. The first has an affixed 2 ¾” x 2 ½” embossed envelope that reads “My Children’s Hair” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet with thirteen (13) snippets of hair sewn to the page. Each is captioned with a child’s name and date of birth. The reverse lists specific genealogical information including birth and marriage information about the parents and the specific day and time of birth for each child. This list ends after 1827. The children were born between 1808 and 1831. b. A scrap album page with hair with plaited hair held in place with gold hearts from the parents James and Marie while they were courting in 1804. Also includes a snippet from a newspaper announcing their wedding. Additionally there is the top of this page, which has separated from the hair that has a woven paper wreath with a hand-penned verse” Accept my dear flower which time cannot fade …emblem of my love for you”. Dated 1806. c. A letter with transcription from Maria to son Robert, an attorney in San Francisco in 1856 containing family news and reference to an unfortunate incident that had occurred in San Francisco in the recent past. d. A letter with transcription to Maria from son Julian, while serving as clerk to Major Franklin E. Hunt; Camp Floyd’s First Army Paymaster, August 12, 1857, Fort Kearny N.T. Discussing the trials and tribulations of traversing geography to reach the soldiers and give them their pay describing the frontier prairies destitute of all kinds of game and seeing where a herd of buffalo had been killed. A report on Southern Californians complaining of the overabundance of buffalos trying to get to their cattle. He continues by describing Fort Kearny and its surrounding landscape. He then asks after family members and concludes with a postscript “The Cheyenne Indians run off with 840 beef cattle a few days ago, belonging to the contractor and intended for the Utah Expedition. They killed one of the herdsman and wounded another. They are more the boldest Indians of the plains and it is a pity Col. Sumner did not meet them. This occurred only thirty miles from the fort.” e. The final item is a letter with transcription from Maria to son Julian from Boothhurst, New Castle, Delaware on September 17 through 18, 1857. Laments her concern for the safety of Julian as the papers are discussing those “horrid Mormons and are raising troops to occupy narrow passes in the road and how Brigham Young laughs at the idea of government send in troops to Utah as late in the season, when in all probability could weather will catch them before they cross the mountains”. Then discusses the passing of an aunt. This is followed by father (James) going to town to get letters from a steamer that is not insight. James returns without the letters. Additional news from the following day James returns from town with no letters and melancholy news of the loss of the Steamer. .
1843 Watercolor & Pen and Ink Album for Jayne Lloyd Haines from her Father, Wm Haines, January 26, 1843
Price: 1,950.00

A large format album with embossed covers with an illuminated title page identifying the giver and receiver of the album.  An album rich in creativity with a few musings and writings, but predominantly a combination of   • well executed full page pen and ink drawings, many done after famous works • a charcoal drawing • watercolors, some composition works, that have been cut out and applied either as a single object or part of a collage • handcolored cut-out etching • well composed pages of scrap and cut-out works, mostly decorative but some with morals and enigmas • elaborately cut applied silhouettes of military invasions • a cobweb  with watercolor fuchsia that lifts to reveal a printed silk friendship verse on the inside back cover Elaborate gilt stamped cover.  Measures 9 1/2" x 12". .