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Elise H Alber  A Letter from Elise H Alber to her friend, Lessie. .Cleveland.February 1853
A rather poetic letter written by Elise H Alber after her arrival in Cleveland. It appears that Elise was rather homesick after she and her brother moved to Ohio. The letter begins on a rather despondent note:  "Sealed alone in my chamber and feeling somewhat sad, I am about to write to you to see if it will not drive away the blues."  Shortly there after it picks up, describing a snow storm they recently had and the sleigh rides that resulted from the storm. The letter continues on to describe an Episcopal wedding she and her brother were invited to. While the letter is address to a Mary E Poor of Piermont, NH, Elise often refers to her as Lissie in the letter.  Measures 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" (folded sheet) . Minor toning and soiling due to age.
Polly Fancher. Correspondence Between Siblings, Clinton, NY, 1827. .Clinton, NY.1827
A letter, dated November 3rd, 1827, from Polly Fancher to her brother Bela a student at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. The missive goes through the general health of the whole family. The only one current ill, is their father who is suffering from an inflammation of they eye, which seems to be a semi regular occurrence for him. The letter continues on to mention that Bela will be getting some visitors soon, his brothers! Towards the conclusion of the letter Polly begins to discuss some financial struggles and her hopes that he is doing well. Measures 12 1/4" x 7 1/4" (Folded Letter sheet). Minimal toning due to age. A small tear along the crease folds on the page of the letter. The front of the half fold has a 4 in tear along the fold crease.
Handwritten Letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy Regarding Help with Clothing her Children. ..1952
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. .
 The Boob Wheel Co., Circular Letter Head. The Boob Wheel Co..Cincinnati OH.1909
A 9 1/4" in diameter letterhead printed on paper die-cut in the shape of a circle, with wheel and spoke border design. The company sold wheels, poles  and shafts, so the wheel shaped letterhead was a natural promotion for product awareness. Reverse is blank.  Accompanied by file note responding to the correspondence..
Anna "Annie" Brown Pegg Goodbye Letter to Husband and Children written on Deathbed. .Alexandria, NJ.1900
In 1900 Annie Pegg wrote a letter to her husband and two children Sarah and James on her supposed deathbed (she would actually live until 1914 and have another child, Elizabeth). It is unknown if she was actually severely ill or just over dramatic, however the letter itself is very sincere. In it she writes that her husband should "forget me not when far away for you no I was true to you" and often asks her husband and children to put their "trust in God for he alone will care for you." She continues "this advice is from your Dear Mother, be true children to all" The letter is written in a notebook, that besides this letter is blank. The cover depicts two chicks and a frog with the phrase "You're No Chicken". Printed cover, tape binding on top. Measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/2". Anne, also known as Annie, was born on May 12, 1868 to Henry Smith Brown (1840-1896) and Charity Johnson (1839-1874) in Franklin, NJ. She married Christopher Pegg (1844-1920) in 1894 and had 3 children, Sarah J Pegg (1895-1984), James Green Pegg (1898-1975), and Elizabeth May Brown Pegg (1904-1991). She died on August 28, 1914.
Joniah Allen Rockbridge Alum Springs Letterhead. Rockbridge Alum Springs.Rockbridge Alum Springs, VA.August 16, 1891
A letter by Joniah Allen written on Rockbridge Alum Springs Grand Hotel Stationary. The hotel was a mountain resort know for its "celebrated waters", or more actually the mineral water found there. The top right of the page has a red engraving of the hotel itself, with a caption below that states "Capacity 1,300 Guests; Gas, Electric Bells, and all other modern improvements. Telegraph, post and express offices all on premises." Below that is long listing of testimonials of previous guests and doctors extolling on the wondrous healing waters a the hotel. Some excerpts are: "I would state that I regard it as one of the most efficient astringent and tonic mineral waters which I have ever employed" and "In truth I know of no waters in Europe or America so rich in medical substances as that of Rockbridge Springs". The text of the letter is inconsequential.  Measures 11" x 8 1/2".
Letter from US Attorney, Department of Justice advising citizen to remove hide his camera, 1942. ..
A single page typed letter from the Department of Justice, United States Attorney written to Mr. Louis M. Kelly of Whitman, Mass.   It is in response to a recent correspondence sent to the FBI by Whitman.   The response was written by the assistant US Attorney, Gerald J. McCarthy and recommends that he removed the short wave band from his radio set and under no circumstances should he allow his wife, (Flora M. Kelly) access to his Brownie 2-A camera. As a citizen, Mr. Kelly was entitled to have the camera , but... "In other words the responsibility for her not having it in her possession, in her custody, or under her control is entirely upon yourself".  With original envelope..
E. C. Gardner (Eugene Clarence) Homes and How to Make Them. James R Osgood and Company.Boston.1874
314 page book, with gilt stamped covers, 1st edition. The book compiles forty-three (43) letters between an architect and his friends. These letters "are composed of hints and suggestions relating to to building of homes... [and] aim to give practical information to those about to build." This book is a wonderful piece of early architectural Americana style known as ‘Stick Style.’ This book features 30 black and white illustrations, some of which are full page blue prints to houses or rooms described in the letters. The list of illustrations has two pictures entitled 'On a Sidehill' and 'Only One Corner', supposedly printed on pages 43 and 48 respectively. However, this is not the case, they are located earlier in the book, one opposite the title page and the other right before the first letter begins. All the other illustrations are located where they are supposed to be. . Minor edge wear, particularly on the spine. Minor foxing.
 Personal Correspondence from a young women to her Mother. .Atlanta, Georgia .1868
The double sided letter to the writer's mother shares an update about their life and gossip. The letter is written on Memphis and Charleston Railroad Letterhead from Atlanta, Georgia during the period of Reconstruction. The writer discusses recent illness, a bad cold, and general news about the going on of their day. She also expressed her dislike of the recent rainy weather stating "I have come to the conclusion that the lovely Springs of the 'Sunny South' are a myth or else beyond the recollections of the oldest inhabitant". Toward the end she also claims that she is awful for writing such an awful letter with all the complaints of her life and hopes to do better as a person. 9 3/4" x 7 1/2"    .
A. W. A Letter to A Brother to a Sister Upon Her Husband's Death. .Frankport.March 23, 1855
A wonderfully pessimistic letter from a brother to his sister upon learning about the death of her husband. What starts as a somewhat supportive letter soon descends into a discussion about the apocalypse written in the Book of Revelation, which he feels is coming soon. This does come slightly out of left field, since before he goes on this tangent his points out how he hasn't made a public declaration on religion in over forty-four years. After this rather depressing section, he continues to update his sister on his friends and church community. The letter ends with the salutation, "Your unworthy Brother, A. W." Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4". Below is an excerpt from the letter:   "I set down to write a few lines to let you know that we have not forgotton [sic] you. My wife & Frances have had a kind of influenza cold been quite sick now, better. I received a line from Lyman the day of you Husbands funeral, if I had received it in season I might possibly been their but I hope you have a stronger fortress than to lean upon an arm of flesh. He who has promised to be the widows god, may he sustain you. The Bible is the Book of Books by searching the Schriptures [sic] we may find something suited to all conditions of life. Last January if I am not mistaken, it's 44 years since I made a public profession of religion & when I think of it, how little of the fruits of the spirit have been manifest, how much need to redeem the time, the days are evil. How many errors and delusions are abroad in the world, it appears that the world is ripeening [sic] fast for the great Battle we read of in Rev.  when gog & magog (in the book of revelation states that when Satan rises he will rally the nations from the four corners of the earth, gog and magog) will be gathered together the earth will disclose its blood & no more cover its slain, it appears great events are soon to happen." - A. W. to his sister, March 23, 1855.
Jeremiah Bonsall Letter From Jeremiah Bonsall to his Father regarding his travels in Pennsylvania . .Wilkes-Barre, PA.June 17, 1849
A single-fold letter sheet detailing their departure from Philadelphia on the Steamer Trenton, before switching to a stage coach and traveling along the Delaware River. They continued traveling north at at this point, using various stage coaches over several days, and passed through Tacony, Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Harrison, and Pittston, until reaching the town of Wilkes-Barre. The letter ends with Jeremiah's future plans for travel, where he and his brother would next head south and see White Haven, PA, and Maunch Chunk Lake before heading back to Philadelphia. Single fold sheet of paper. Folded stampless post. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" . Below are some excerpts from the letter: "We left Phila [sic] in the Steamer Trenton accompanied by a good band of music as far as Tacony... took stage for Easton, 52 miles passing along the Delaware or near it all the way. The scenery is beautiful, much resembling that of the Hudson excepting the want of improvement observable on its banks.... rode to Bethlehem passing a very rich picturesque country with a vast quantity of grain both cut & uncut in all directions. At B. we visited the graveyard, sisters house & church. From the steeple of which we obtained a good view of the country... we left for Stroudsburg, 4 miles distant in a carriage furnished by our landlord... this morning on walking through the place we came across Jesse Williams who is spending some time here... passed over the worst roads (almost if not quite) any of us had ever seen. Houses some miles apart & back on each side none at all for 8 to 12 miles for a distance of 25 miles the woods was almost unbroken.". A letter from Jeremiah to his father, Edward Horne Bonsall (1794-1879), a prominent Philadelphian business man and Quaker, detailing his journey across Pennsylvania. Jeremiah was traveling with his older brother, Spencer Bonsall (1816-1888), from Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre, PA in June of 1849. It is unclear what the purpose of the trip was, as it could have been for either business or pleasure. Edward, Jeremiah's father, was the founder and president of the Germantown Railroad, otherwise known as the Germantown and Norristown Railroad, which was the first railroad to be built in Philadelphia in 1832. He also had an extensive real estate and conveyance business. Jeremiah was at the time of this correspondence working as a conveyancer  for his father, while his brother, Spencer, worked as a land surveyor. As such he most likely was traveling for business, and indeed there are mentions of meeting a landlord and "walking through the place".
W. H. Wise Correspondence From the Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons. Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons.Pennsylvania.Jan 17,1882
A letter written to a Miss Jane Marner discussing the policies she holds from W. H. Wise, Vise President of the Amity Matrimonial Association for Unmarried Persons. Even though the name sounds like a match making service, it was most likely a fraternal organization of sorts turned insurance company. The letter discusses policies that Marner holds, and that due to the "failure of our company, we have come to the conclusion to transfer the policies into another company.... we have selected one of the best companies in the city of Reading... the Standard Company." What follows next are the instructions on how to receive the new policy. Marner including a fee or forfeiture of her existing policies.  Measures 8 3/4" x 5 1/2" ..
Dr. Howard G. Thornton A Letter from the Physician, Howard Thornton to his brother, regarding the uptake in his business and the high water levels of the Mississippi River. .Poplar, Mississippi.April 7, 1890
A two page letter from Howard G. Thornton, a physician and surgeon located in Poplar, MS. He is writing his younger brother, Ed, who lives in Commerce, TX, with their parents. Thornton describes a busy winter in Mississippi, with lots of sickness, and a rainy spring, which as caused the Mississippi River to have rather high water levels. Thornton also spends a great deal of the letter encouraging his brother to study hard, in particular, to start studying medicine, and that he will do everything to help him. To that end, he has supplied his brother with a subscription to the journals, 'Home and Farm' and 'Colinder Journal'. Below are some excerpts from the letter. "I have been very busy with practice &c. We have had a great deal of sickness this winter. My practice is increasing so much I have had to buy another horse. I have physicians on all sides of me but I am getting my fair shair [sic] of practice." "I wish you would try and prepare yourself and read medicine. I will give you all the assistance I can if you will study your books at home and read good books and papers, do not let your mind run off on trashy books &c." "We have had so much rain in this country the people are very badly behind with crops. The Miss. River will soon be in about eight miles of me. I am about forty miles of the river. It is thought that tit will be the highest that has ever been. It is up to [sic] high, water marks on the Government gage now and the signal service reports another rise coming. The levies are already badly broken, and that will tear them all to pieces." The letter and corresponding envelope are written on Howard G. Thornton's business stationary. Measures 9 1/2" x 5 3/4" (letter), 6"x 3 1/2" (envelope).
A Charming Letter from a Father to a Daughter with Illustrations.  1921.. ..1921
A playful yet instructive letter from a father to a daughter who presumably is away with her mother.   Perhaps she is recovering from an injury.  It begins with the father acknowledging how his daughter’s improved use of her hands and encouraging her to continue.  It proceeds to discuss a crying baby and how unbecoming crying is to older children.  He discusses his experiences sleeping in a conch hammock, under the stars and an itemized list of items he found in a drawer.  Written in a lighthearted manner with naïve illustrations. . letter fold creases
Isaac Parker Circular for Susquenhanna Slate with unrelated Pair of Letters Written to Rev. W. Chidlaw . Susquehanna Slate.Slate Hill, PA.February 1859
The item is two letters addressed to Reverend Benjamin William Chidlaw written on a finely illustrated circular. The letters are written on a single page, which has been folded in half, with the first letter written on the inside fold and the second has been pasted onto the backside. What is perhaps most salient about these letters, is the stationary it is written on. The front of this single fold stationary is from Isaac Parker's business, Susquenhanna Slate which is "Equal to the Best Welsh" and located in Slate Hill, PA. It has a beautiful black and white illustration on the top half of the page which showcases the quarry and excavation equipment used to remove the slate. On the bottom, it provides information on the quarry itself, such as that the slate is used for roofing materials and that they are the go-to slate quarry who provides materials for the US Government for roofing public buildings. In regards to the letters themselves, the first is a letter from Isaac Parker, and in the note he states that enclosed is $15.00 to help with Reverend Benjamin William Chidlaw's mission of establishing Sunday schools out west. Reverend Chidlaw worked as a missionary for the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) which was founded in 1824, in order to fulfill its mission for the promotion of Sunday (or Sabbath) schools that would help in the early literacy and spiritual development in children. While the mission first started in Pennsylvania, it soon grew, and began to focus on providing schooling for children in other areas, such as the central west. Reverend Chidlaw was the first commissioned missionary of the ASSU to help in this endeavor. The second letter is from Petre Carter, who sent the donation for Parker to Chidlaw as Parker didn't know where to send the money. Single fold. Measures 8 3/4" x 5" (folded), 10" x 7 3/4" (unfolded)..
T. E. Cowart A Texan Farmer's Letter to his Mother - difficulty of farming in down pours and wind - difficult conditions.... .Lockney, TX.5054
A long letter from Tucker E. Cowart, a Texan farmer, written over the course of a month to his mother, Amelia in Bonham, TX. The letter provides an update on Tucker's life, family and farm. It is also clear that even though his mother lives in Bonham, some 350 miles away from Tucker in Lockney, some of the land Tucker is farming does belong to to her. Due to the unseasonable dry summer and wet fall, Tucker has been having problems with his various crops, and portions of this letter reflect his anxiety of this. During the course of the year Tucker has planted several types of corn, wheat, and oats. Additionally, there appears to be a possible land dispute with one of their neighbors (who was loaned a portion of the Tucker's land in years prior), and Tucker seems to be considering hiring the town's land surveyor in order to make sure he is actually remembering the boundaries of their land. The letter itself is three double sided pages and a corresponding envelope. Below is are several excerpts from the letter: "It has been trying to rain for about a wk. Rained about all night last night. We didn't need it. We have had plenty of rain this fall, none in the summer. Crops are short, crops are good in some localities. No good crops right close around here. Planted 31 acres of kaffir corn, 15 acres of maize, 8 acres of wheat, 15 acres of oats on your end of the field. Kaffir didn't head, from knee high to waist high. I cut it, made good many bundles. Few heads in the maize. Staid [sic] dry to [sic] long for anything. Your wheat and oats didn't grow at all. No season. I plowed it all up, cultivated the land all summer kept it clear, sowed it in wheat this fall to a very good stand." "We had some windy weather last wk. The wind blew hard from the north, blowed [sic] all the cotton out. A man south west of us had about 40 or 50 acres of cotton. The fellow west of us had about 400 acres of Russian Thistles. The wind broke them all off, they rolled up against his fence, tore it down. Rolled on across the dutchman's cotton patch. The thistles have little thorns on them. The cotton stuck to them. They kept rolling. I guess they are down about Big Springs now at the speed they were going, cotton and all. The Thistles are getting to be a sight in the country." "The children seem to keep very well. They put on their shoes since it got cool. Farris feet are so rusty - he is getting uneasy about them. He thinks he is turning to a negro, the rust won't come off. Lucy is well and hearty, she has gone visiting the sick. This aft [sic] left the Indians here with me, they are making lots of racket.". Turner E. Cowart was born on January 15, 1870 to Alexander Johnston Cowart (1845-1908) and Amelia L. Lovelace (1850-1930) in Texas. He had several siblings: Wilsie B. Cowart (1872-1873), Annie Maud Cowart (1873-1899), Arlie Robert Cowart (1874-1899), Mack D. Cowart (1876-1964), Bruce W. Cowart (1880-1894), John C. Cowart (1882-1909), Lottie Mae Cowart (1886-1962), William Edgar Cowart (1890-1874), Thomas Roscoe Cowart (1890-1988) and Amelia Elizabeth Cowart Ragland (1895-1925). He married Lucy E. Hartman (1890-1977) on October 30, 1907 and had two children together: Farris E. Cowart (1909-1984) and Juanita Elizabeth Cowart Drake (1910-1973).  Turner had moved to Lockney, TX in or around 1905 and farmed on his land there until 1956, when he moved to Plainview, TX. He died shortly thereafter on January 5, 1958 in Hale, Texas of a heart ailment.
 Brown, Taggard & Chase - School Books, Medical Books, Stationary. Brown, Taggard & Chase.Boston.
A single-fold 8" x 5" circular with an engraving of the exterior of the Brown, Taggard & Chase location at 25 & 29 Cornhill, Boston.  Promtes School Books, Medical Books and Stationery.  Note within discusses an order..
Simon Two Letters from a Mother to Her Child, with integrated naive drawings, August 1929. .Boston MA.10806
Two whimsical letters from a mother to one of her two daughters, Elizabeth Simon (nicknamed Betty). The first letter mentions a visit to their cousin Ruth, who has two cats on her roof. The missive continues on asking her how here hay fever is doing and if she has had anytime to play with the kitten next door. Lastly it mentions the mother has been so busy that morning that even though it is 11 AM, she still hasn't had time to fix her hair.The letter is embellished with four pen and ink drawing- two cats on a roof of house, little girl playing with cats, four children riding on a horse, and two children playing in the water. The second letter is longer than the first. It starts with the mother telling Betty that she has been feeling better lately, though her hip is hurting her pretty badly so she will most likely stop riding soon. It discusses a visit from their Aunt and a picnic lunch she had a Lake Waldon. There she watched several children on a water slide. She then inquires after what Betty has been doing in her spare time and if she has any stories to share, such as a stubbed toe perhaps or a bee landed on her nose? It ends with the hope that Betty will borrow her sister's, Barbara's, water wings to help her float.  In-text drawings of  a water slide, a child landing in the water, and presumably Betty with a bee on her nose. Measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" (folded card) . The envelope is toned due to age and the letters themselves some minor soiling, otherwise fine.
K. Nagashima Japanese Tea Advertisement on Rice Paper. The Morey Mercantile Co..Shizuoka, Japan.13636
An advertisement, written on rice paper, for Solitaire Tea which was a green tea produced in the Shizuoka region of Japan. Solitaire Tea was produced by the Morey Mercantile Co, based in Denver, CO, and it was first launched In 1902. It was a part of the Solitaire Brand, the company's premium quality store brand, which provided various spices, coffee, tea and canned fruits and vegetables. This advertisement is a letter sent directly from  the tea agent located in Shizuoka, Japan in May 1937. The agent, K. Nagashima, describes the tea garden from which Solitaire Tea comes from, "the hillsides are now entirely covered with green tea bushes, just sprouting their first crop of leaves that are very young and tender." The letter closes with the slogan for the tea, "Solitaire Tea once in a consumer's teapot makes a friend for life." The letter is written on rice paper, on top of which is a letterhead for the Solitaire Tea brand. It depicts two boxes of tea and at the center a Japanese woman sitting in her garden making tea. At the base of the letter is an illustration of a Mt. Fuji, the volcanic mountain located in the Shizuoka region of Japan. Under the mountain are small green hills, a river with a bridge, and finally in the foreground a tea garden with its tea bushes neatly lined in a row. The letter comes with an envelope, addressed to Mrs. H. A. Weinrech of Loveland, CO. On the envelope there is a depiction of a box of Solitaire Tea and the small illustration of the mountain with the tea garden that is also found at the base of the letter. The envelope is enclosed in a rice paper envelope that has been self sealed. Letter measures: 7" x 2 3/4" (folded), 22" x 7" (unfolded). Envelope measures: 8" x 3". The Morey Mercantile Co. was established in 1884 by Chester Stephen Morey (1847-1922)  and it sold a variety of coffee, spices, tea, canned goods, matches, writing tables, and cigars. Chester's son, John William Morey (1878-1956) took over the company in 1922 just after his father's death and grew the store into one of the largest grocery businesses in the West. In 1956, John Morey sold the business to Consolidated Foods Cooperation, but unfortunately died soon there after. In 2014, Chester's great-great-grandson, Mark A. Ferguson, open a restaurant in Denver, CO called Solitaire in honor of his family's history.
Florence L. Smith A Children's Letter to President William McKinley after his Assassination Attempt. Washington Locating Club.Chicago, IL.[September 6-15, 1901]
A manuscript letter sent to President William McKinley by a children's club wishing him health and recovery after the assassination attempt on his life on September 6, 1901. The club was the "Washington Locating Club", which was located in Chicago. The children had met President McKinley the year prior "during inaugural week under the auspices of 'Heart's Chicago American' school children's excursion." McKinley was apparently going to meet with the school children again on October 5, 1901, but due to his death, obviously never made it. At the top of the letter is a drawing done in pen of the US Capital Dome. The letter is signed by six children, though the letter appears to have been written by the Secretary of the club Florence L. Smith (1887-?), who based on census records (confirmed by her address), was thirteen at the time of the letter. Pasted onto the side of the letter is a card with Florence's name and address. Measures 13 1/2" x 8".  President McKinley would die from his injuries on September 14, 1901.
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
A catalogue that list and provides examples of illustrations that Poultry and Live Stock Breeders can use while advertising their products. At the beginning there is a price list for different sizes of envelopes, note head, memo head, letter heads, statements, shipping tags, post cards, circulars, folders and booklets. There are approximately 165 different images of live stock that farmers could choose from to help advertise their goods. While the majority of the images are of chickens (different kinds of chicks, hens, and roosters) there are also images of ducks, pigs, rabbits, dogs, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Additionally there are several fonts one can use from. 40 pg. (including covers). Staple booklet. Measures 9" x 6".
 Correspondence to Blanche Annis Leavitt, a Teacher from Belmont, NH. .Belmont, NY.1897 - 1911
Blanche Annis Leavitt (1881 - ?) was a teacher at Belmont Grammar School in in the early 1900s. The collection includes various correspondence and ephemera associated with her time at Belmont Grammar School, from her students to her co-workers, to her family. The bulk of the collection dates from 1901 - 1907, as Blanche would marry Ira Woodman Leavitt in 1907, and appears to have left the teaching profession. There is a total of forty-four (44) pieces in this collection: nine letters from students, four letters from family (mainly her nephews), five letters from friends, seven invites to various activities put on by students, and 19 pieces of ephemera (including 7 visiting cards). Collection is in chronological order. Items of note include: Teaching Certificate, December 1900 A handwritten teaching certificate awarded to Blanche Leavitt by E S Moulton, a member of the School Board of Belmont. New Hampshire Summer Institute for Teachers Program, August 1901 A 24 pp (including wrappers) program for the 8th annual Summer Institute session in Plymouth, NH from August 12-24, 1901. What was essentially an early teaching conference on education, there are lectures on drawing to arithmetic to psychology. The program lists each lesson available, the various transportation methods to get there, as well as a list of speakers. Courtship Letter, June 1903: Written by Clarence M Johnson, this letter describes a rather awful date he took Blanche on, when he took her for a drive. If appears as though nothing was on his side as the weather was terrible and Johnson spends most of the letter apologizing and asking to see her again. Kappa Sigma Fraternity Invite, February 1905 An invite from the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at New Hampshire College (later became New Hampshire University) for a dinner. What is especially of note is the beautiful engraving of the star and crescent symbol associated with the fraternity. There is also visiting card for a Robert M Wright included with the invite. Family Letter, May 1906 While the letter itself gossips about the family and friends they know, included with the letter is a 1901 Canadian penny. It was given to her to "fill up her bank" Various Letters from Students, circa 1906 - 1907 The majority of these seem to have been written after Blanche Leavitt has left the Belmont Grammar School. In general, the children write a little bit about their life and their new teacher, Ms. Hill. It is apparent in the letters that the children prefer Leavitt to their new teacher. To view this collection please click on the following link:
Satanus Diabolus Handbill Placed In Hymnbooks - Letters from Hell to President Bartlett, No. 3682. ..1887
A satirical letter written to criticize President Bartlett, the president of Dartmouth College. The letter is written from the devil to his servant, President Bartlett and critiques his reason behavior and decisions in regard to a 'Unitarian affair'. The letter is signed 'Your Master, Satanus Diabolus' which is Latin for 'Satan Devil'. Below are some quotes from the letter: "But some of your doings of late have given me pain... Now the ridiculous figure you cut at Senior Biblicals the other morning was enough to move a hardened crocodile to tears. The way you raged and stamped and yelled "take off your hat" reminded me of a senile buffalo in a fit of the tantrums." "And when you gave your three reasons, in such a magnanimous tone, why you had decided to allow students to attend Unitarian services, you did not mention the fourth very imperative reason, viz. :that the Trustees fell on you as wolves on a lamb (I beg pardon of the lamb for the comparison)." Single sheet. Measures 9 1/4" x 5".. An excerpt from Old Dartmouth on Trial: The Transformation of the Academic Community in  Nineteenth Century America by Mary Tobias ....An in 1887 a student (or students) placed a "Letter from Hell" in the students' hymnbooks, which they opened during required chapel services; it was addressed to President Bartlett and singed "Santanus Diabolu".
Frank Hiram Crosby Letter from a Commission Merchant regarding Wood and Flour on French's Hotel Letterhead. .New York.1859
A letter written by Frank Hiram Crosby, most likely a commission merchant, in New York. It is unclear who he is writing to, but in the letter he discusses the price of flour he purchased, three to five cents per pound, and the sale of wood. He goes into some about of detail regarding the wood, as it seems as though it was harvested from two different locations, one of which produced a higher quality wood, and therefore fetched a better price. The letter concludes with the recommendation that the recipient get in touch with the foreman of the lumber company to see if they can purchase next season's wood from the preferred location in advanced. The letter itself is written on a letterhead from the French's Hotel in New York, where a single room was 50 cents per day and the letterhead request that one should "not believe runners or hackmen who say we are full."  Measures 9 1/4" x 13 3/4" ..
 Illustrated Billhead - William Coulson & Sons, Manufactures & Merchants of General Household Linens . William Coulson & Sons.New York.1914
William Coulson & Sons was a founded in 1764 by William Coulson in Lisburn, Ireland. It manufactured on large looms a variety of fine household linen goods, such as table cloths and napkins. The company were the creators of 'damask linen' and the first company to successfully working in the  fabric armorial devices, national emblems, and heraldic designs. The also were a one point holders of a Royal Warrant from King George III, King George IV, Queen Victoria, and King Edward VII. This billhead is for their New York offices and is dated December 19, 1914. A large stylized engraving covers the top third of the billhead, and features three illustrations. The largest on is an image of a man working at a damask loom. Of the two smaller images, one features the seal of King George V, (in reference to their Royal Warrant), and the second features a woman seated at an Irish spinning wheel. The billhead is a receipt for A. E. Carlton, Esq of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Single page. Measures 11" x 9".
George F. Murdock Composition Notebook for the Winter Term of George F. Murdock. .Stow, MA.1879-1880
A composition notebook for twelve year old George F. Murdock during the winter term of his "3rd Class". It has thirteen (13) short essays, short stories, and/or sample letters with subjects ranging from Paul Revere, a description of what is in the classroom or seen from his window, and a short story of about a man on the moon. Murdock himself would late go on in life to become an educator and high school principal. It is clear that some of these entries were graded as the majority have a grade written on the top in pencil. Presumably each assignment was graded out of ten points, and Murdock received 9's, 9.5's, and 10's. Below are some excerpts from the composition notebook: "This man lives in a yellow farm house which contains sixteen rooms. Besides the house the man has a a woodshed, a large barn, and a farm containing one thousand acres which covers the surface of the moon. His farm is a very valuable one requiring but little attention except in harvest time' so the man has a good deal of leisure and makes himself very comfortable. He is the only person found on the moon; but once a balloon containing several persons lost it sway , and while trying to get back to the earth it touched the moon near the man's house. The people were kindly cared for by the man and after several months they set sail for the earth which they reached safety..." - Excerpt from "The Man in the Moon", January 8th, 1880 "One Thanksgiving evening when I had been indulged at the supper table more hat usual I went to bed while the clock was striking eight and was soon asleep. I dreamed I was preparing to go to Europe. I spent a week packing my trunk and arranging things at home so that they would be preserved until I returned. I arrived at the depot which seemed to be somewhere in New York and went aboard the train for Boston. On reaching that city I hired a hackman to carry me to the wharf. After riding about ten hours the hack stopped; I stepped out and found myself in a forest. I gazed around for a minute and turned to speak to the coachman; but he, the carriage, and horses were all gone. Suddenly night came on, and it began to rain. After many wanderings I found an opening in a rock; I entered and found a large room under the rock with supper waiting for me to which I bountifully helped myself, and then went to bed..." - Excerpt from "A Dream", January 26, 1880 Tan wrappers, lined interior pages, two thirds full. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4". George Frederick Murdock was born March 8, 1867 to Charles Nathanael Murdock (1835-1904) and Julia Ann Temple (1841-1873) in Hopkinton, MA. He had at least one sibling: Charles Henry Murdock (1865-?). He married Abbie Barker Wade (1867-1939) on February 9, 1893 and had three children: Arthur Wade Murdock (1893-?), Evelyn Louise Murdock (1897-1980), and Frederick M. Murdock (1911-1995). George was the Principal of Major Victor E. Edwards High School in West Boylston High for twenty six (26) until his retirement in 1938. His date of death is unknown.
Heliogravure and ALS by Louis Morin.  Risque imagery. c1890s
A single-page heliogravure created by Louis Morin, publisher.  The content of the letter discusses the publishing of a book including the cost of "aquarelle" or watercolor. Penned and signed by Louis Morin.  Measures 5 3/4" x 9"..
J. W. Schlosser A Unique Letter of a WWI German Soldier to an American Woman . .Elberfeld, Germany.5512
An amazing letter from J. W. Schlosser to American Heiress, Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin, in 1915 detailing and observations on the war, both as a soldier and a man on the home front. J. W. Schlosser was a young German man who was studying in England on the onset of the First World War. He returned to his home country and joined the Calvary, and was a part of the Cuirassier Regiment Number 7. (Note: Schlosser spells it Kuirassier in his letter) Schlosser was in the unique position of serving on both the Western Front (France) and Eastern Front (Russia) in the Fall of 1914, before being injured and returned home to Elberfeld to recuperate. This places Schlosser in the position to accurately report on the first year of WWI from all sides (both battle fronts and the home front) from the German perspective. In his letter, Schlosser exudes the optimism both sides had during the first year of the war, the belief that it would be a short, decisive war, and a relatively easy victory for their side. Schlosser was writing to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin, who lived in New York with her husband. It is unclear how Schlosser and Emily knew each other, perhaps they met on one of the European tours she went on. Little is known about J. W. Schlosser himself, beyond the information he provides in the letter. Below are some excerpts from the letter. "I had two months military training and then joined my regiment in the North of France. There was, unfortunately, at that time, not kind work for cavalry and we had to assist the Infantry by going into the trenches. I had a few weeks of that, saw some very heated battles and some dreadful sights that I never wish to see again. I had, too, to [sic] fight my former friends the English. All very disagreeable things! My regiment was then sent by rail to the German East frontier against the Russians and here, we had, on the whole, a fine time of it. We advanced about 100 miles into Russia and I had just begun to enjoy campaigning as a very exciting sport on horseback with occasional shooting when I had the misfortune to get hit by a Russian bullet. I was very nearly captured at that occasion but my comrades helped me out very bravely." "The feeling of the people is simply splendid and makes one (sometimes nearly a little unexpectedly) proud of being a German. There is to all of us no doubt as to our ultimate victory. Germany is so beautifully strong and so rich - - of course, we all want a quick end to this dreadful war, but if it is a question of the extinction of our nation we shall last, longer than France and Russia, of that i am sure. As to England, our most serious enemy, I don't know. Personally I hope for a chance of compromising as I don't think we can damage her sufficiently. In Germany life is going on just as in ordinary time and I am sure you would not notice any difference except the greater number of soldiers and officers one sees in the streets. All factories are working full time, there is no difference in the train service which is as good and punctual as of old. Theatres, concerts musicals are going on as usual, prices of food have not risen and from one glance through the streets of our big cities you can see that we have still millions and millions of able-bodied men who, in case of necessity, could all be made into soldiers." "Please do not believe any of those ridiculous tales and lies of the cruelties of the German soldiers. The German soldier is the most  "gutmutig" [good-natured] of the world and I have after seem him nurse the children and share his small rations of food with his involuntary host in Russia, France, and even Belgium. But modern war is cruel and can by all effort not be turned into a paroxysm of humanity!" 8 manuscript pgs written on personal stationary. Envelope included. Measures 7 3/4"" x 6". Emily was born on November 16, 1883 to Francis "Farver" Preston Blair (1856-1914)and Florence "Mudgie" Augustus Price (1861-1935) in Missouri. Both her mother and father were a part of well-known and prestigious families in the 1800s. Her mother was from a prominent, pioneering Missouri family, the Prices. Her grandfather Robert Beverly Price was a well-known banker and gentleman farmer, who was active in local politics. He was also greatly involved in the financial success of his alma mater, the University of Missouri. Emily herself attended the university in 1907. On her father's side of the family, she was a part of one of the most powerful political families of the 19th century, the Blairs, who advised several U.S. Presidents across the party lines including Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln. One member of the family even ran as the Vice Presidential candidate for Horatio Seymour's on the Democratic Party losing presidential ticket in 1868. In 1911 Emily herself would eventually marry Edward "Ted" Clement Henrotin (1874-1945) , a member of the prominent Chicagoan Henrotin family, the Henrotins. Her in-laws were the Chicago power couple of Ellen Martin Henrotin and Charles Henrotin. Ellen was a writer, activist and staunch suffragette, while Charles was a prominent banker who founded the Chicago Stock Exchange and eventually became an influential person in global politics as he was Consul to both Belgium and Turkey. Emily and Ted would eventually move to Cherryplain, New York, where she and her husband lived on the farm Road's End and were involved in farming and sheep breeding. Emily and Ted would have one child together, a son, Preston Blair Henrotin (1918-1976). Emily H. B. Henrotin would die in 1965.
Col. John Henry McClellan & James Cooper   A Trio of Correspondence Relating to Whig Politics in Pennsylvania. .Gettysburg, PA.1843-1848
A grouping of two letters written to a John A. McGinley, Esq. of Adams County, PA and short announcement.   The first letter,  August 20, 1843, is from John H. McClellan, a prominent business man of Gettysburg, PA, who had been appointed treasurer of Adams County in 1840 to serve out another individual's term. In 1843, he was running to be officially elected as the Adam County's Treasure, a pursuit he would eventually succeed in, requesting his support. A good portion of the letter is pent on condemning the "clique" of current management among the Whig party, and his hope that upon the election, new blood would be infused into the party's leadership. The next letter, September 15, 1843, from James Cooper of Gettysburg, PA, asking for McGinley's help in getting the voters of Adams County to vote for him in the upcoming election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Cooper was an American Whig politician and lawyer, who is one of the few representatives who first served as Representative to US Congress prior to serving in their own state's House of Representatives.  In this letter he recounts his reluctance acceptance of the Whig party's nomination for State Representative, but felt he must out of duty to the country and his fellow Whigs. The last item in this mini collection is short announcement note from September of 1848 naming the delegates for the 1848 Whig State Convention to be held on October 10, 1848 at Hinsdale. The purpose of this convention was to nominate  Whig party candidates for US Representative from PA. The delegates sent were: William Ward, Elbridge Hasen, and Milton Brewster with Amos Burs and Levi W. Kingman as substitutes. Letters measure 9 3/4" x 7 3/4". Below are some excerpts from the two letters: “Permit me to draw your attention to the movements of some of our town folks in attempting to forestall public oppinion [sic] in favor of certain men to file offices of high trusts at the coming election for their own particular convenience in the way of accommodations, its well known that the same clique, has had the management of affairs a little too long and their dictation have rot evil consequences among the whigs... I hope the good foreign people of Adams county will permit them no longer to offer their insults and at the coming contest, will boldly stand out against any such fraction, and build up such a ticket as they know to be good and true to the cause... I have been urged by a member of the people from the county to offer for the treasuryship [sic] and I am now determined to make the attempt, and I hope the good people of Hamilton Township will sustain me, and should you be a delegate from that quarter, I most sincerely hope you will give me your support and your influence in the matter will greatly oblige.” - August 20, 1843, John H. McClellan to John A. McGinley, Gettysburg, PA “Having been nominated to the whig candidate for the legislator, and having, in obedience to what I believe to be the call of duty, excepted the nomination, though conferred upon me against my own consent and in opposition to my own wishes, I nevertheless feel bound to make a proper extension to secure my election. For this purpose I am about to call on you and others of my long-tired,  faithful friends, who have so generously and cordially supported me heretofore, and tax your friendship with one more effort in my behalf. I am sure you will readily believe me, when I say that it is not the desire of office, but the future welfare and supremacy of the party in the county, which induces me to make this call upon you. Our political opponents are still animated with their victory of last year and will make more than ordinary exertions to defeat our ticket. They will operate quietly but actively, and activity on their part should be met by corresponding activity on ours. Defeat, this year again, will probably forever prostrate us in Adams County... see the voters and urge them to attend the election themselves and take with them their lukewarm neighbors. If possible get the active young men of the township to take up the matter, urge them to attend at the polls early and take care of wooing voters.” - September 15, 1843, James Cooper to John A. McGinley, Gettysburg, PA. John McGinley was successful lawyer who had ties to the Whig Party. Both of the letters deal with individuals running for election appealing to him to use his influence on his fellow countrymen to help them win their election bids. He was born in 1798 in Adams County, PA to Joseph McGinley (?-?) and Jane Paxton (1760-?). It is unknown if he had any siblings. John became a member of the bar in 1830. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" McCormick (1895-1873) in 1860 and had six children: Col. John Joseph Henry McClellan/M'Clellan was born on March 5, 1808 to William McClellan IV (1763-1831) and Mary Magdelena Spangler (1768-1830). He died on June 1, 1889, at the age of 81, in Littlestown, PA. James Cooper was born on May 8, 1810 to James Cooper (1794-1868) and Anne McHenry. He graduated from Washington College (now known as Washington and Jefferson College) in 1832, and was admitted to the bar in 1834. He served as both a US Representative, a Representative to the PA House of Representatives, and a US Senator. He married Jane Mary Miller (1814-1900) on January 28, 1836, and had three children.
 Three Letters from a Family Moving to South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina.February 1855
In early 1855, a husband and wife, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Estancia del Folag with their two sons, Hasen and Jonathan. The collection contains three letters, comprised of eighteen pages, written to the wife's friend. Color vignette on first page with stationer's embossing on remaining sheets. The letters are only signed "Affectionally yours" with no name. The letters describe some of the hardship she had adjusting and the difficulty in settling up her household. The majority of the letters comprises of the retelling of a long carriage ride taken during the move. At first the wife seems determined to find fault in everything in South America, often mentioned the lack of manners of the locals and how filthy everything is. "There is no places of resort or of being of interest, no pleasant walks or rides, in fact nothing except catholic churches. Plenty of those if you are inclined to visit them." Eventually, she begins to enjoy her surrounds and find companionship in her neighbors, and in particular an American named Judy. She even waxes poetically about the fruit she can get there, and how much the whole family enjoys it. "I determined from the first of my decision to come to make up my mind to nothing and then I should not be disappointed." "I am not homesick, and though we are what many would call unpleasantly situated, I never had so happy [a] two months in my life as the last two." These three letters have been hand-bound by a thread into a booklet. The first page has a hand colored illustration on the top. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Age toning and light soiling. The first page has a 1 1/2" x 1/2" spot of what appears to be red wax from a seal.
George E. Haines Civil War Letter From George E. Haines Regarding the Death of his Friend on the Battlefield. .Falmouth, VA.c1865
A single fold letter by George E. Haines, a union soldier, written in the throws of grief over the recent death of his close friend, Stephen, who he "loved like a brother". The letter is addressed to "Dear Sir", but it is clear that he is addressing a family member or close friend of Stephen, and is in fact responding to their request to tell them of his death. George starts his retelling by stating he and his company were in the middle of a retreat and he was about 20 feet in front of Stephen when he heard him cry out. "I looked around and Steve had both hands up to his breast and was bent over and looking at me. At that time, all of our company had gone but me and I was left all alone but I ran back the moment I saw him and caught hold of him and asked him where he was struck but he could not speak or did not know that he was stricken, for I had hardly taken hold of him before he fell. I looked in his face and spoke to him but I say that it was useless for he was to all appearances dead. I should not feel so confident but I have seen so many die on the battlefield." He continues on to describe how he had to leave Stephen behind as the enemy was close, "I hardly know how I managed to get out of it safe and I think it was a miracle that I did so. I hardly know what made me, but I wished after I joined the company that I had laid down beside Stephen and let them take me prisoner for about all my patriotism vanished."  At the end of the letter, even though George is convinced that Stephen is dead, he does add a post script detailing where wounded from the battle were taken, but also adding that the dead have been buried by "either our men or the Rebels." Measures 7 3/4" x 5 3/4"..
 A Pair of Letters from Emily to her Family discussing her trip to Yorktown, particularly her experience at a "Colored Meeting" . Yorktown.January 1869
A pair of letters from Emily to her family keeping them appraised of her trip to Yorktown [NY] in January 1869. The two letters are written within a day of one another, with one addressed to her parents and one to her brother. The family's last name is not mentioned. The letters are jam-packed with the events of daily life. She is somewhat ill perhaps with consumption and speaks often of her health.  Additionally religion plays a significant role in her writing.  Of note in the letters is Emily's description of a 'colored meeting' she went to, which was a church service for African Americans. Emily writes about how the 'spirit' moved the church members to what she perceived as frightening noises and groans, and that due to this she wouldn't feel comfortable going to another service. The letters also discuss Emily's health and her fear that she might have bronchitis. As well as updates on her family. Measures 7 3/4" x 4 3/4". Below are a few excerpts from the letters. "I went to a colored meeting one evening and does seem to me I could not go again, they hold it late about 10 o'clock and the spirit moves them to such noises and actions, sometimes they would screech [sic] and shot and sing and groan till it seemed like confusion confounded. I pitied [sic] them for there is no white-folks church to learn from and I was almost frightened so I did not get to sleep until late that night." -  Emily to her parents, January 12, 1869  "Samuel saw an old French Dr. on the boat- when he went to B. - and told him how I was, said he should call it a dry consumption. He said worse than Dr. Powers. Sad I ought to stay here a year and then not stay where it was a cold winter. Said he thought if I could have the chills it would change the course of the disease... I think our little bute [sic] is getting to be a little fast, got so she runs away  from school (well seems to me I should have one of the boys go out to help her from running away - Little boys I mean) It seems Emilus likes me best and don't hesitate to tell of it - I know Abbie must feel bad to have him say anything. " Emily to her Brothr January 1869.  Marginalia in every blank space. From a margin note: "I was selling a negro some woolen pips and he stole one out of the box right under my nose-- I did not know enough not to hand him the box - so I let him pick out one and he got 2". A stream of consciousness with abrupt changes in subject matter from sentence to sentence, as expressed in the second quote above.
 The Aerifying Egg Beater Circular and Letter. Hale & Company.Newburyport, MA.1866
A circular filled with testimonials for the Aerifying Egg Beater patented in 1866 and produced by Hale & Company in Newburyport, MA. The first page has a wonderful woodcut of the manufacturing building of Hale & Co., along with a description of  the item. The beater uses a "system of aerifying, as it fills the eggs with minutely divided and finely subdivided particles or globules of pure air." The interior of the circular lists numerous testimonials. On the back of the circular is draft of a letter written by J. Hale Jr, owner of Hale & Company, to a William Pebt, Esq. regarding the possible sale of a mailing list of approximately 5,000 names and address. The letter is dated January 31, 1870, and when Hale & Co. had been bought out by another company.  Single fold circular. Measures 10 3/4" x 8" (folded).
Dr. Bulter Wilmarth  A Letter between Two Doctors about working together at a Sanitarium and the Use of Homeopathic Medicines. .Lowell, MA.September 26, 1849
Stampless post. A letter between two doctors, Dr. Bulter Wilmarth and Dr. John Hero that discussing the various patients at a local sanitarium in Lowell, MA, that Wilmarth is treating. There is also some talk about the possibility of the pair working together, either at the current sanitarium or purchasing a sanitarium together elsewhere. This idea for the men to buy and run a sanitarium together does not appear to be a new one, but rather one that they have been kicking around for a while. Dr. Butler Wilmarth seems to be temporarily working at the sanitarium in Lowell, it is unclear if he was asked for fill in for a doctor there and heard about the possible sale of the sanitarium or if he is there as a potential buyer and decided to take on some work there to see if he like it. One thing is clear, that while it appears as though Dr. Wilmarth has respect for the "water cures", other homeopathic remedies are not to his liking, even as he does his best to learn about them and treat patients using them. The two doctors, Wilmarth and Hero, were friends that had first established their relationship as a mentor-student bond when Hero was studying medicine under Wilmarth. The two did not purchase the sanitarium discussed in the letter, but a few years later, in 1851, they would purchase one in Westboro, MA. Below are some quotes from the letter: "But I am in quite an interesting and instructive school myself and I wish you was here to share a part in the labor and responsibleness of the institution.  Here is considerable head-work to do, I assure you - I have about all sorts of diseases and dispositions to deal with and need much wisdom as well as some patience to get along with so many crooked patients, bathmen [sic], cooks, waiters, &c. I have been able to keep things pretty straight yet. We have 28 patients now. Some are doing well, some stationary some growing worse if any thing. It is no small task to answer all their questions, explain all their difficulties, and encourage them to hope and persevere. Some of the are quite homeopathic and want to be swallowing pellets and powders. Dr. Foster has lots of homeopathic medicine, so I give a little hurf [also known as cress or lepidium sativum], and coffea [coffea cruda] and bell [belladonna?] and hyos [hyoscyamus niger] and bryonia and mercurius. But for my life, I can't tell whether it does any good or not." "I hope to return in about 2 weeks, and that cant make a thousand dollars difference with the cold hearted owner. I think - if it does - let it go to the first bidder. There are more places in N.E. (New England) than Grapton or Worchester or even Milford.... It is some expected Dr. Tortes will leave here. I have been invited by the owner to hire, or buy, this their stand in such an event. Here everything is ready, furniture and all for operations. Never fear (if the Lord will) we will do something next season some where." . Dr. Butler Wilmarth was born on December 18, 1798 in Montague, MA to Peggy Coleman. He was an illegitimate child, and while his biological father was never named, Butler believed that he was a man of some note in town. In 1802 he was bound out to town selectman Amos Wilmarth of Rowe, who would eventually adopt him, and Butler would take his name. He began studying medicine at the age of 23 under the tutelage of Dr. William F. Selden. On March 1, 1831 he married Phila Osgood (1806-1859). Together they had two children: Jerome Terome Wilmarth (1831-?) and Phila Wilmarth Weston (1841-1903). In 1841 he would become a convert to hydropathic remedies, after he himself fell it and was cured by such treatments. He worked and established a variety of different bath houses in Massachusetts and New York before establishing one with a former student of his, J. H. Hero in Westboro, MA. In 1851 he was elected President of the Hydropathic Association of Physicians and Surgeons. On May 6, 1853, while returning from the association's annual meeting, the train he was on suffered a catastrophic collision at the Norwalk Bridge in CT. Wilmarth and over forty-five others would perish in the train accident, which is considered to be the first major US railroad disaster. . John Henry Hero  was born on December 30, 1820 to John Hero (1787-1861) and Polly Claffin (1791-1832) in Milford, MA. He had several siblings: Susannah H. Hero (1811-?),  Horace B. Hero (1812-?) Eliza H Hero (1814-1867), Hannah H Hero (1817-?), Izanna Chamberlain Hero (1823-1914), and Edwin H Hero (1831-?). He married Irene Morse Parkhurst (1822-1906) on September 22, 1850. They had three children: Butler Wilmarth Hero (1859 -1932) who was named after John's friend, mentor, and business partner, George Hoyt Hero (1861-1933), and John P. Hero (1863-1865). John studied medicine with Dr. Butler Wilmarth of Hopedale and graduated from Central Medical College in Syracuse, NY. Him and Wilmarth formed a strong mentorship bond that, in 1852, resulted in him and Wilmarth going into business with one another in Westboro by opening a bath house. In 1853, after Wilmarth's death, Hero would become the sole owner. On January 6, 1898 John would die of heart disease, which was a complication of his stomach cancer.
 The New Letter Writer Containing a Variety of Letters on the Following Subjects: Relationship, Business, Love, Courtship and Marriage, Friendship, and Miscellaneous Letters. . Richard Marsh.New York.1853
96pp. Yellow illustrated wrappers depicts gent reading a letter with vignettes of women in border decoration.. Contains examples of a total of 85 letters for nearly circumstance one can imagine. From a young tradesman to his father to from a sailor to his wife and From a young man whose Master had lately died to an urgent demand of payment. On the front cover has an engraving of a man leaning on a desk, reading a letter. OCLC -5 (Feb 2019). Measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4"..
Richard M. Sayers The Temple of Childhood, Information Packet sent to a Chosen Child Representative. Temple of Childhood.San Francisco.1914
A 'representation' letter from the Temple of Childhood, a concession at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco that took place in 1915. The letter itself dates from April 1914, and it informs Mrs. H. J. Neilson that her son, Harry S. Neilson, has been selected to represent Maine in the exposition. Several children from each state and select foreign countries had been chosen from nominations made by US Senators, Governors,and Congressmen. The goal of the Temple of Childhood was to "for the first time in history, will be gathered together the most beautiful children of the world, and such gathering will unquestionably constitute the greatest commemorative feature of the Exposition." In addition to the letter,  there is a pamphlet containing information about Panama Pacific International Exposition and the Temple of Children, a map of the fair detailing where the temple would be located, an order note for a local Portland photograph, F. F. Adams, instructing him to take a portrait of Harry, and a blank form for information about the child. Measures 16" x 7 1/4" (largest), 5 x 3" (smallest).
 Documents associated with the early development of the Holyoke to South Hadley Falls Bridge including pledge petition, receipt for survey and plans, and bill heads for material printing and Bridge Committee dinner receipt 1870. . ..1870
The documents include As a single-fold 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" hand written pledge petition beginning with "We the undersigned interested in a Bridge between Holyoke & South Hadley Falls promise to pay the amount opposite our respective names for the purpose of processing plans and making surveys for the same and the expenses". This is followed by 79 signatures and pledge amounts. A receipt from D. Briggs & Co, Springfield for the survey and plans totaling $300.00. An 8" x 5" illustrated billhead from the Ingleside, Holyoke Mass. The fee is for Dining and addressed to the Bridge Committee. The bill head is printed in green ink with a fine illustration of the exterior of the establishment including the street scene. A 7" x 8" billhead for printing of associated materials including petitions and rulings, advance notices for various newspapers, postage and printing supplies totaling $75.50. The letterhead is printed in three colors with a vignette of an eagle carrying an American shield. Printed in various decorative fonts in three colors. .
An Address before the Emma Willard Association and  a collection of School work by Helen Harrison Hadley (nee Morris) from her time at Vassar College
This grouping or 21 works begins with an address made by Helen Harrison Hadley  to the Emma Willard Association at their annual banquet in November 1901. The Association’s mission was to unite the graduates of the Troy Seminary in a friendly alliance, and to co-operate in promoting the cause of higher education among women. Emma Willard was an American women's rights activist who dedicated her life to education who founded the first school for women's higher education, the Troy Female Seminary in Troy, New York. Hadley was a member of this association, and it unknown if she gave this address or simple kept a copy of it. The address starts: “Our daughters cannot advantageously be medieval at the present day…. Time was when the right to study earnestly, to think intelligently, to base one’s daily action on reason and self-control, was reserved for men; but that is not more.”  Includes a written and typed copy of the address. Additionally, this offering includes a collection of 18 additional writings of Hadley. The bulk of the materials are 14 school assignment in essay format Hadley wrote for various courses during her time at Vassar. These assignments ranged from essays to short story telling, to book reports to her answer to a test. Most of the assignments have been graded in red pen and often start with an outline before the essay. Helen would graduate Vassar in 1883. Below are the titles of the Assignments: "Are Woman Inferior to Men?" "Nicaragua" (which describes her cousins trip there) "The Wit and Wisdom of Children" x2 "People and their Hobbies" "Having a Picture Take" "The Two Portraits of Shakespeare" "The Use and Abuse of Policy" x2 "The Word Painting in "A Princess of Thule ", a novel by W. Black "Advertising and it Oddities" "Swift: Shall We Pity or Despise Him?" "A Brother and Sister" Test The essays present an interesting view as to the character and beliefs of Ms. Hadley.   Helen would graduate Vassar in 1883, and marry Arthur Twining Hadley in 1891. Arthur would become the 13th President of Yale in 1899. It would appear that for the summer of 1899, Helen spent the majority of the time in New Haven, helping her husband settle into his new role, while a caretaker looked after her three children: her two sons Morris and Hamilton, and her new born daughter, Laura, at the family farmstead in Sandy Hook, CT. There are four letters from that time which are essential reports to Helen on how her children are doing. The four letters are held together by a blue ribbon, most of which has become detached. Another item in this collection is a letter from Edward G Fullerton, a graduate student in the Divinity School at Yale. It appears that he had broken his leg, and Helen had loaned him her copies of the Century Magazine which help to “while away very pleasantly several hours of [his] imprisonment”. The letter continues on to discuss the fact that Fullerton misses seeing the starts at the Yale Observatory. What is truly remarkable about this letter is the pen drawing done by Fullerton, showing him walking with crutches in a cast. To view this collection please click on the following link: 
Kay Whitcomb Keith A Collection of Hand Made Christmas Cards and Other Correspondence of Enamel Artist Kay Whitcomb. .La Jolla, CA.[1961-1965]
A collection of five items relating to Kay Whitcomb (1921-2015)  who was an American enamel artist who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and worked mostly in California but exhibited her work world wide. Most of Whitcomb's work was abstract, and while she most often worked with enamel, she was also known for her painting and print work. All of the items within the collection are some form of correspondence with Douglas Rowley of Massachusetts, a long time friend and printer of some of Whitcomb's photographic work. Three of the items are handmade Christmas cards from December 1963, 1964, and 1965 that feature Whitcomb's artwork. Each card features an image created by Whitcomb and a short note. The 1963 card is most likely a linocut print of what appears to be an artist rendering of a church and short generic holiday message. The 1964 card features a photograph of one of her enamel works entitled "Angel Panel, Enamel on Copper" beside a bible quote from the Gospel of Luke. Additionally there is a handwritten note describing the changes in the skyline and at a local art museum. The last card, from 1964, features what appears to be another linocut, that was printed on dark pink tissue paper and is an artist rendering of a shepherd and one of his sheep. There is also a short handwritten note in this card, updating Rowley on one of their mutual friends as well as requesting an enlargement of a photograph that Rowley had previously printed for her. The last two items in this collection are exhibition cards. The first is for an undated exhibition of Whitcomb's, "Paintings & Enamels", at the Library Gallery in La Jolla. The card is black and white set on a brown card stock, and features a collage of several drawings, most likely some of which were featured in the exhibit. The last item is for an exhibit in August of 1961. This card's information is in Italian, and appears to have been for a series of enameling workshops and corresponding exhibit of Whitcomb's in Positano, Italy at the Palazzo Murat Hotel. The card features a black and white printed photograph of what appears to be a large outdoor piece of Whitcomb's at the top of an outdoor stairway. On the back of the card is a note to Rowley, which describes several items that Whitcomb would like Rowley to print for her along with a short personal note. Measures: 8 1/2" x 11" (largest, 1963 card unfolded), smallest 7" x 5" (undated exhibition card).. Kay Whitcomb Keith was born in 1921 in Arlington, MA into a family with a long line of metalsmiths. She went to the Rhode Island School of Design graduating in 1942. In 1944 she joined the US Marine Corps Women's Reserve at Camp Pendleton, CA where she used her drafting skills. After apprenticing under artist Doris Hall, she moved to Winchester, MA, using a GI loan she opened her own studio in Winchester, MA. She briefly was married to a man by the last name of Keith and had two children. After the divorce, she and her children would move to California, eventually settling in La Jolla, CA. She eventually began teaching enamel art at La Jolla Art Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. She continued creating art and exhibiting her art work all over the world, even celebrating her sixtieth year in enameling in 2006. She died in 2015 and is buried in Cambridge, MA.
 Collection of Correspondence and Memorabilia of Clara Wallower, Wellesley College, Class of 1902. .Wellesley, MA.1896-1936
This collection centers around Clara Wallower's time at Wellesley. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to Clara, starting in 1896 when she was attending Dana Hall. In total there are over forty (40) letters. The early letters are mostly from her friends or family in Pennsylvania. Two of these early letters express concern over how much Clara is fretting over her school work. As these letters were written in, or around the time of Clara's grandmothers death in 1896 it is likely that they were worried about how Clara's grief was affecting her. Two letters are from the same friend, Rowena Millar, who writes, in great detail, about a disagreement the two had. Some of the letters are addressed to "Taddie", an apparent nickname for Clara. One such letter is from March 1900, sent by her father. He was visiting Joplin, checking on the progress of his various business ventures there while staying at the hotel he owned, the Keystone Hotel. In the letter he discusses a banquet he will be attending that will benefit the Joplin branch of the YMCA. Additionally, he also sent and discusses a newspaper clipping that announced Rockefeller's gift of $100,000 to Wellesley. In 1897, Clara and her parents took a trip to Europe. After she returned home, one of her fellow traveling partners, Mary, who had continued on with her European tour, wrote to Clara of her experiences. The letter consists of Mary's time in Germany in August/September of 1897. She was present when the King of Siam, King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as Rama V, visited Germany on his grand European tour. She saw him two times, first while visiting the Charlottenburg Palace and the tomb of Queen Louise of Prussia, where he was touring there with Prince Albert. Apparently both their carriages left at the same time, and Mary's carriage was able to drive side-by-side with the King’s for several minutes. According to Mary, the King smiled and bowed to them. The second time Mary saw him was during a parade held in his honor in Berlin. She describes the parade as "thirty to forty thousand troops, all finely dressed, marched by and the Kaiser and Kaiserin on horseback." Mary concludes the letter discussing various gifts she purchased, such as a seal fur coat, and how she developed the film she had taken on the trip. Clara received three letters from an Olive Wells, who was also on a world tour at the time. The first letter in July 1897 describes her trip to China. Olive was not impressed at all by China, and was horrified by several of the things she saw there. She describes how Chinese woman would have their feet bound and are therefore unable to walk without the help of a maid. She describes how disturbed she was to see dead rats for sale on the streets and how she was called 'foreign devil'. She appears to have gotten along better on a small island she stopped on, during her passage from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia. Her second letter is from October 1897 when she has already reached Italy. She talks briefly about her time in Italy and the cities she plans to visit, before discussing the classes she would like to take back at Wellesley and where she might stay when she returns. Her last letter is from January 1898, when she has returned to her home in Brooklyn, NY. In this letter, she is responding to some relationship drama between one of their common friends, Carrie, and her ex-fiance Don. Don had written Clara (letter is included in collection) asking her to talk with Carrie and report back to him. Clara, unsure of what to do, had turned to Olive for advice. Most of the remaining correspondences are either invites between Clara and other Wellesley girls, inviting each other to lunch, or courtship correspondence. For instance in 1897 she received two letters from a suitor, W. M. Murdock, who requests the pleasure of her presence at a Yale vs Harvard game. There is another letter from an Edward Moore, begging Clara's forgiveness for missing their date due to illness. There are a dozen or so other courtship invites that don't mention Clara by name, but appear to either be invites for groups of people to dances at an unnamed country club or hotel in Pennsylvania.                               In addition to the correspondence, there are also various items of memorabilia relating to Clara's time at Wellesley. First is Clara's formal acceptance letter to Wellesley, as well as her academic transcript that she would have needed to present to the school's Secretary upon her arrival. There are two programs from Wellesley Tree Day, dated 1897 and 1899. There is a program from 1896's Float Day. On the back inside cover of this program is a list of who she went with, which includes Olive and Mary. The last couple of programs in this collection are from the Glee and Mandolin Club Concert for the years 1897 and 1899. The collection also includes various invites either to or from Clara to a variety of clubs or activities at Wellesley. The first of which is the Agora of Wellesley, which is a political society that would meet to debate the various important worldly issues. There are two invites, the first of which is from 1897 to discuss the 'Cuban question', and the second is from 1900 to discuss the 'Transvaal question'. The second society Clara appears to have been a member of is the Tau Zeta Epsilon Society, whose goals are to further the study of arts in a scholarly fashion. The invite 'requests the pleasure of your company at The Barn'. It is dated April 23rd, with no year, but as it also mentions the day of the week (Monday), it is most likely form 1900. The next few items also lack a year, however it has been deduced by the day of the week. The first is invitation is from the "Faculty of Stone Hall" from 1899. The second is an invitation from the class of 1899 to meet the class of 1898 from June 1898. The last two are replies from two girls in 1899, who are accepting the invitation of the class of 1902. One of these replies comes with an envelope address to Clara, so it would appear as though she played some role in hosting this event. The last two items of the collection are a bit of outliers. The first is an original song composed by 'Elizabeth' in 1900. The relationship between Clara and Elizabeth is unknown. The last item dates to 1936. It is a typed copy of an address given by Albertine Reichle (Class of 1939) in memory of "Norumbega's founder." As Norumbega is a building on the campus, it appears that it was meant to honor Alice Freeman Palmer, the president of Wellesley college when it was built. The guest of honor was then Wellesley President Ellen Fitz Pendleton, who would die later that year. Taken as a whole  this collection of over 55 items provides a great window into the life of a Wellesley girl at the turn of the 19th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: Clara Wallower was born on April 16, 1880 to Elias Zollinger Wallower and Maria Dorothy Hoover Wallower in Harrisburg, PA. Her father was a prominent business man who owned the Harrisburg Star Independent newspaper and was also member of a group of Harrisburg investors who were financing mining operations in the mineral district of southwestern Missouri. He took great personal interest in the growth of Joplin, Missouri, investing much of his own personal wealth in the city, and even eventually building the Keystone Hotel in downtown Joplin. Due to her father's financial success, Clara grew up in wealth and privilege. She attended the Dana Hall School, which is an independent boarding and day school for girls located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school served as Wellesley College's unofficial preparatory program, and indeed Clara was admitted into the freshman class of 1898-1899 at Wellesley. She would eventually graduate in 1902 and settle back down in Harrisburg, PA and marry Horace Montgomery Witman. Horace was a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Yale Divinity School. He worked with his father and brother in a wholesale grocery business in Harrisburg. Together, Horace and Clara would have three children, Harriet Hoover Witman, William Witman II, and Barbara Carmony Witman. Her son William would become a Foreign Service Officer, eventually becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Togo. Both her daughters, Harriet and Barbara, would attend Wellesley College. Clara died in 1964.
Emerson Family A Collection of Letters to the Emerson Family. .Ireland Depot, Holyoke, MA.1847-1857
A collection of eleven (11) letters belonging to the Emerson Family of Holyoke, MA. The majority of the letters are send to Ireland Depot, which was the name of the town's post office from the mid 1840s to mid 1850s. The letters date from 1847 to 1857, with the bulk of the correspondence between 1848 to 1850, and between Lovina H. Fay Emerson (1822-1897) and her friend Catherine A. George Bates (1826-1879). Eight of the letters are folded stampless posts, the other three have their corresponding envelopes. The six letters written by Catherine A. George Bates to Lovina, which start in 1847 congratulating Lovina on her recent marriage to William.  The letters discuss a variety of topics, but the main thread  is Catherine's conversion to Christianity, her conversion in 1848 along with Catherine's friend Susan Pond, local events, updates on sickness in the area (highlights being the death of Catherine's nephew due to dysentery, her father's bout with typhoid fever, and her own bout with the mumps), and Catherine's (rather unsuccessful) attempt to comfort Lovina on the upcoming birth of her first child by telling her of the death of Susan Pond's newborn twin boys. There are three letters from Paesiello Emerson (1832-1927), to his sister Mary Frances Emerson (1833-1853), who are William's children from his first marriage. Paesiello had moved from the family homestead to Ashland, MA for work, while Mary was still living with their father and his new wife, Lovina, in Holyoke, MA. Paesiello writes updating his sister on his life, such as sleigh rides and his new membership in the local division of the Sons of Temperance while also poetically waxing about nature and the changing of seasons. The last two letters in the collection are one-offs. The first is to William Emerson, the patriarch of the family, about a shipment of lumber being send to him and the request for payment. Depending on the census record, William is either a carpenter or farmer. The last letter is from a C. B. Angier, a distant relative of Lovina (her mother's maiden name is Angier), and provides a short update on their life. Below are excerpts from the letters: "I think I felt the importance of religion I saw myself to be a great sinner but I did not want you to know it. I remember well one Sunday evening there was quite a number went forward for prayer. I felt as if I must go, I tried to stand but Satan whispered in my ear that if I went no one would believe that I was in earnest that I could do it better where I was & I listened to him and sat still. I think now if I had broken away from him then I might have found peace. You thought I was indifferent, I was miserable for I was trying to be a Christian and have no one know it." - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, June 22, 1848 "It has been quite sickly about us, one little child buried today. One case in particular I must tell you, a lady 35 years old, on who belonged in this neighborhood & always lived with her parents (who are quite aged) was married & went to her home with every prospect of happiness, before she had scarcely begun to enjoy it was called to die, just 4 weeks from the day she was married, she was buried at the same place where she stood a bride, she lay a corpse." -  Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, September 21, 1848 "I have just finished loading the lumber for you. A part of the boards are not such as I stands [sp?] have had you, but they are at the depot. I though I would send them, there are 2330 fit [sic] I also send more of the short timbers which you will please see that it is unloaded & kept safety. What you can not sell ??? please send me the money for the lumber as fast as possibly convenient and greatly oblige." - H. Williams to William Emerson, May 1, 1849 "... I came home, I found little Frank (that is Brother Hiram's youngest child) very sick with Dysentery. He had not been well for a week or two before, he had 10 teeth besides there were his stomach teeth & two others were swollen very hard which caused his sickness. The Doctor said it was a very doubtful case. Mother & others that saw him said he could not get well. I thought perhaps he might altho I knew he was very sick. Wednesday he seemed considerably better. Thursday he was very restless. Friday everything he took he vomited. The disease had gone to his head, he would throw it from one side to the other in dreadful distress through the day. Saturday his hands & feet were very cold, could not warm them, thought he could no live the night out but by rubbing he seemed to get a little rest. He was so thirsty, could raise himself & grasp the tumbler & look so wistful as if he thought we could help him, the Dr. told us he thought he would have spasms, but he did not, he grew weaker and weaker until about 6 o'clock Sunday night. Mother was over him & noticed a change & called to us, it was but to see him gasp his last breath. He had turned his eyes towards the window and thus without a groan or struggle he fell asleep in the arms of his savior, just like the going down of the sun, altho set forever to this world it shall dawn in a bright & better world, as I gaxed [sic] upon him now still in death & kissed his cold lips I said is this death? As this was the first I ever witnessed. The impression I received is pleasant, Oh! that I may so live that when I die it may be as well with me as I believe it is with him... the mother appears calm & resigned to this event as well as looking forward to a time not far distant when another treasure may be sent to her, I shall feel very anxious to hear from you after you receive this, as the critical time of which spoke is near at hand. You must keep could courage [Lovina is pregnant with her first child will be born in October 1849]. Friend Susan was very sick when her children were born, only think she had two sons, one weighted 3 1/2, the other 7 pounds. The latter was dead, the little one lived two days. She was so disappointed when it died, she got a long remarkably well herself & has been very well during the summer. I wish you could see her, it would do you good, she wished me to give you her love and good wishes... I think I have not written you since the California fever has done such destructive work, carrying off its hundreds and thousands, from their homes and the enjoyments of life where and for what do they thus sacrifice their lives? For gold that shall perish, it appears strange to me that so many are ready to leave all & go. I am thankful there has none of my relations gone as yet, but numbers of friends & acquaintances have gone. Some have arrived there & others that have not been heard from. "  - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, September 23, 1849 "I haven't anything to do and have not had much for two months past, I have carved my earned my board and that is about all. If I don't have something to do before long I shall be sick or crazy or something else. But there are signs of business being better before a great while. I still board at Mr. Montague and I think I shall as long as they will keep me. Last Friday I took a sleigh ride about five miles with another person who I shall not name here. It being a pleasant afternoon we had a first rate time and got home at last safe and sound." - George P. Emerson to Miss Mary Emerson, January 4, 1850 "But spring has come and with it pretty blue birds, how pretty they sing in the morning. Winter has gone and with it the cold blistering days and nights with its long evenings and cold snows. Summer will soon be here with its long hot sultry days and soon will be the days when we shall hear the distant muttering thunder and see the dark black clouds with its forked lighting... I joined the Division of Sons of Temperance four weeks ago last night and I like them very much." - George P. Emerson to Miss Mary Emerson, April 2, 1850 "Your letter came to hand soon after date, it found me watching by the sick bed of my dear Father, he was taken sick the week after I came home with Typhoid fever... he complained of his dead did not seem to know or remember anything, said it did not seem like his own head... the Dr. came but not do anything for him, we dismissed him & called another & one to consult & before night they bled & blistered him & give him medicine which roused him, he would talk one day about everything, did not know us at all, the next would sleep all day so sound that we could not wake him... my health has been good except about 3 weeks I had the mumps, they went to my head & I had sores in my ears, it was bad but I felt so anxious about Father that I did not mind it." -  - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, July 21, 1857 . For the entirety of her letters in these collection, Catherine (sometimes spelled Catarina in census records) signs her name C. A. George, as she does not marry a man named Lafayette Bates until 1862. William Goddard Emerson was born on January 21, 1806 to Reuben Babcock (1755-1844) and Hannah Goddard (1761-1857) in Northborough, MA. As William does not have the same last name as his parents, he might have been adopted or for some reason changed his name later in life. William had twelve siblings. He married Susan Perkins (1804-1843) on October 13, 1831, and had five children: George Paesiello Emerson (1832-1927), Mary Frances Emerson (1833-1853), Ginevra Emerson (1836-1838), Arthur Emerson (1838-1841), and Marcellus Emerson (1843-1878). After Susan died in 1843, he remarried on August 8, 1847 to Lovina H. Fay (1822-1897). With his second wife, Lovina, he had four children: William Francis Emerson (1849-1931), Annie Elizabeth Emerson (1859-1941), Mary G. Emerson (1861-1863), and Henry Howard Emerson (1865-1943). He died on April 19, 1887 of old age.
The Angier Family A Collection of Letters to a Neglected Mother. .Utica, NY.1817-1832
A collection of six letters between the mother and children of the Angier family, originally of Southborough, MA. The most consistent part of the letters is opening with an apology from the children for failing to write their mother, Elizabeth Angier, and how this failure means that they have neglected her in some way. The letters date were generally send from upstate New York, from towns near Utica, NY, such as Whitestone and Frankfort, where several of the siblings, namely Mary, Elizabeth, and Sabrina, had relocated to.  It appears as though one of the older daughters, after marrying Augustus Baldwin (1794-1880) in 1815, moved to Whitestone, NY, to start a family. As the years continued, several of Mary's siblings, such as Elizabeth and Sabrina (who never married), moved to the area to for better marriage and job prospects. Two of the six letters are between a pair of the siblings. The letters generally consist of updates on their lives, family and friends, as well as numerous religious missives, and some mention of their jobs, mostly teaching, that the sisters were engaged in. Additionally, in some of the letters, the siblings have written missives addressed to their siblings still living in Southborough. All of the letters are folded stampless posts. Measures 5" x 3 1/2" (folded). Below are excerpts from some of the letters: "We were presented with a daughter 14th Nov, but alas! She is not that joy or comfort we so much hope for, we have been called to a bitter trial, God in his infinite goodness has seen fit to afflict us in taking our child by death, our afflictions are sent to try us and oh that they mite [sic] prove a blessing to us, that we mite [sic] feel reconciled under all the alotments [sic] of divine providence in submission to his will and that we might in full submission say the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away and blessed be the name of the Lord." - February 2, 1817, Whitestone, NY, from Augustus and Mary Baldwin to Mary's mother, Elizabeth Angier "Aunt Haven has been sick since she returned from Boston with the nervous tooth ache. She had her tooth pulled and it broke a nerve and it had such an effect on her that it obliterated the whole of the nervous system so that she was not able to do her work for six weeks but she has got to be quite well now... Mr. Laban Nicholas’ wife Mr. Lee’s sister, the one that was down when Mary went up the first time is deranged. She tries every way to kill herself. She once took her husband’s razor and attempted to cut throat but was caught before she had completed the fatal deed. Twice her husband has found her with a rope around her neck, and once got to her only soon enough to catch her in his arms as she leap [sic] from the scaffold, one half minute longer and she would have been an eternity." - June 13, 1818, Whitestone, NY, from Eliza Angier to her mother, Elizabeth Angier. "I hope that he who has upheld you thus far in life will still hold you in the hollow of his hand lest at any time  your feet should stray from the path of virtue and rectitude.  And may he find your heart fast to him, that when in health you may be an able to render to him according to his benefit. I am rejoiced to hear that there is any attention to the one thing needful with you. Oh that there may be many praying souls in that place, and may we realize that we have an interest in your prayers. It would give a pang to any Christian to realize the state of this church and society. Religion is trampled upon like hearts cast before swine... we have reason to fear that wrath of an offended God is kindled against us and that he will come upon us with great judgment if we continue in this stupid state. Afflictions in themselves are courteous and I am not as an able to bear them as anyone. Yet they are sent for our good, to restore are wandering feet. I would choose to be afflicted rather than remain in this I’m feeling state. ‘More the treacherous calm I dread, then tempest bursting o’ver my head.’ “ - August 3, 1825, Frankfort, NY, Eliza Angier Warriner to her siblings Roland Angier and his wife, Mary Marsh (1803-1866) "Eliza has become the mother of twins, both daughters, one we call Cordelia Eliza, the other Frances Beattie, they were born 20 April, the life of the mother was disposed for sometime. We had two of the best nurses, one was Sabrina, besides all the assistance that I could render. Eliza is now so that she is just about taking care of the babes but not able to do much she is afflicted with the canker in her throat and stomach which keeps her and the babes in continual afflictions." - June 25, 1830, Frankfort Alford and Eliza Angier Warriner to Eliza's mother, Elizabeth Angier "The anniversary of my birthday, which is tomorrow, reminds me of my obligations to you, the kindest and best of mothers who under God have been instrumental in preserving my life, that I am so far from you as not to visit you often, when I think that six years have rolled away since I saw you I am really astonished! And now that I have left my brothers and sisters is misterous [sic] To myself, but for not writing to you I can offer no reasonable excuse, I must played guilty this pleasant evening the moon with her bright Waze conveys my thoughts to my native home ... I find many pleasant people here but in my dreams I visit Southborough inhabitants, could I but you know where my mother is and what her enjoyment is in the decline of life it would relieve my anxiety... we had a very pleasant journey here, we started from Utica July 30 in a canal boat in the front cabin, 13 and number, moving at the rate of 5 miles an hour, able to read right net and sell. Mr. Simmons spent his time writing and reading his sermons which was very interesting to us, when we got to Troy Thursday we had to lay up a few hours on account of the water, for a kind a machine called the mud turtle which was scraping the mud from the river before we could cross the way to Albany, then went on board a steamboat to New York, saw a great many of the works of nature, and a part, then a coach convey the family to the New York shore, then in a steamboat to Newark." - October 3, 1832, Newark, NJ, Sabrina Angier to her mother Elizabeth Angier To view images, click: Elizabeth Newton was born on April 30, 1763, to Solomon Newton (1734-1830) and Elizabeth Howe (1733-1818) in Southborough, MA. She had eight siblings: Catherine Newton Ball (1759-1834), Lucreita Newton (1761-1813), Larkin Newton (1765-1788), Dolly Newton (1767-1855), Jeremiah Newton (1769-1837), Willard Newton (1771-863), Anna Newton Sherman (1773-1863). She married Charles Angier (1752-1816) on December 23, 1784 in Southborough, MA, and had eleven children together: Betsy Angier (1785-1793), Anna Agier Fay (1787-1861), Converse Angier (1789-?), Mary Angier Baldwin (1791-1875), Roland Angier (1793-1872), Austin As the letters date from after the death of their father, Charles Angier in 1816, even though the letters are to their mother, Elizabeth, they are addressed to her son, Roland Angier, whom she was living with at the time. Angier (1795-1865), Elizabeth "Eliza" Angier Warrienr (1795-1882), Lydia Angier (1800-1820), Sabrina (1802-?), and Charles Angier (1806-1881). She died on February 11, 1845, in Southborough, MA of lung fever.
9 Letters Between Sisters and Cousins, Wheelers and Spragues, Massachusetts 1819-1852
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.
Illustrated Letters by Anna Morey on her Grand European Tour
A collection of 6 illustrated letters with 24 pages written by Anna Morey while she and her husband traveled through Germany and towards Paris on their grand European Tour. Anna is clearly writing to a young boy, and most likely a family member (nephew or young cousin) she often makes reference to her parents (his grandparents). Anna and her husband Charles tour through the Germany countryside, mostly alongside the Rhine on a carriage. Some of the towns mentioned in the letters are: Godesbert, Unkel, Goppingen, Ahrweiler, Lochmuhle, Neuwied, Brussels, Cologne, Brun, Koblenz, and Salzig. Inserted into the letters are tiny sketches, done in pen, of some of the sites and people Anna encounters. Additionally, she adds several printed pictures of the hotels or castles she visits. There is a total of nine drawings and six prints. The collection contains two completed letters and two separate sheets that are partial letters.  Below are some quotes from the letters: “It was very refreshing & we found they used it for all purposes, even the horses were watered with the same drink and I offered a dipper full to the master puppy but one taste was quite enough for although very hot, he showed there was difference by leaving it.” – Discussing Godesberg’s Mineral Spring “These castles on the Rhine look very picturesque from the river or road below and it seems sad when within its crumbled walls to feel that time will do the same to all we now behold. So we too must all pass away and be forgotten like those who once inhabited them.” “Unkel – A very small town I shall always remember, the stones were by nature arranged in the such a curious manner. One could be easily reminded of the Giant’s Causeway form the picture books for that is the only place I’ve seen it.” “Passing through the town of Lochmuhle, we were assailed by beggars and for the first time since the journey commenced. The dog was quick to know they had had no right to ask, or rather trouble us, and his pellicular look was enough to make them think he would bite them. His hair stood out as though he was constantly electrified and he barked as through his lungs were never in better order, than when he was using them.” (accompanied by an illustration of the dog) “Most all the working people smoke pipes [in] this form, and sometimes they are half a yard long and attached to the belt.” (accompanied by an illustration of a man smoking a pipe) “You can give my love to all, and pass the letter round as I cannot write to each one. Kiss all for me and when you grow to be a man and I am an old lady, I shall expect you to write me.” “… and to see the fine Caste of Ehrenbreitstein. We took a guide and examined it with much interest… We saw plenty of soldiers, a great many cannons and ammunition of all kinds but the view of the town was charming.” - aka Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Correspondence  Yeates Institute Student  Belmont, Lancaster PA to student attending Phillips Academy, Andover MA. 1901-1903
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
LT. Edward A Kimpel, Letters - WWII Correspondence re War, Homefront & Parenting.
A collection of approximately 145 letters from a US Navy Reserve Communications Officer during World War II. Lt (JG) Edward Andrew Kimpel Jr served in the Navy in the Pacific Ocean Theater from 1942 to 1945. The lengthy correspondence between him and his family members, mainly his wife, Virginia, covers a variety of topics, including but not limited to: naval battles in Pacific Ocean Theater, attacks by Japan's airplanes, daily life on the ship, the censorship of wartime correspondence, Edward's various duties on the aircraft carriers he served on, discussions on wartime rations, and familial relationships between his wife, his parents, and his children.... Of particular note are the issue with son Edward (III) who later entered a life of crime. See complete discription for detail.
George Clement Lord A Collection of 21 Letters belonging the  Lord's Family Shipping Company. .Kennebunk, ME and Boston, MA.1836-1861
A collection of twenty-one (21) letters belonging to the Lord Family of Kennebunk, ME, mostly regarding their shipping company, which was also based in Boston, MA. The letters date from 1836 to 1861, and are mostly addressed to George C. Lord. Though a few of the letters are from employees or customers of the company the majority are from family members involved in the business. These members (and their relationship to George) are: his father, Captain George Lord, his brothers Edward W Lord and Charles Edward Lord, and later, his son, Charles E. Lord. A variety of shipping business subjects are covered in the letters, such as the types of cargo and their value (some goods mentioned are cotton, tallow, logwood, salt, railway supplies, and coal), several legal cases for the settlement of claims due to cargo loss, the sale of ships, insurance policies on the ships and cargo, various ship Captains employed by them, ship routes, and the various political policies that effect the shipping business such as the Letters of Marque issued by Confederate President Jefferson Davis that effectively sanctioned piracy as legal. Some of the ships mentioned in the letters are: ‘International', 'Josephine', 'G. W. Brown', 'Rigulator', 'Crimea', 'Golden Eagle', 'Hayes', 'Royal', and 'York'. The names of the ships owned by the company often reflect the names of family members or past favored employees. Also discussed are various family matters, such as relatives' health or present life. One letter from a customer discusses the transport of 'fleshpots of Egypt', which could alternatively mean either actual pots of meat or prostitutes. While in the end the author does seem to be referring to actual meat, the terminology he uses prior to that is more than slightly ambiguous. The last two letters in the collection are from 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War and discusses the author's, Charles E. Lord, displeasure at the hypocrisy of the North who no longer want a war when it hits them in their pocket books, as well as the effect the war is having on the shipping business. Four of the letters come with corresponding envelopes, however the majority of the letters were folded paper with stampless post. The collection is arranged chronologically, one letter is missing a date. Below are some excerpts from the letters:

"Thirdly your sympathy and sorrow expressed for my having had to pay twice the 3-9 to the port to look after the fleshpots of Egypt I thank you for. But surely you who no doubt go nightly and perhaps daily down into that very Montezuma of Egypt enjoying and all the luxuries of that balmy, soft, and delicious land - ought not to chasten a poor old fellow who can no longer journey there and can only now enjoy the remembrance of the part by scenting fleshpots of that magical country in the shape of a thigh of pork."
-  Daniel Nason to George C. Lord, December 2, 1847

"Please ask father to write us how much insurance they will want on the Wm Brown, we will cancel present policies and take out new ones for the voyage. Present policies expire Dec 1st - should think $36000 on the ship and either 10 or 15000 on charter out. They must bear in mind that the commission on the homeward charter are to be paid lost or not safe - say $1500(sic) perhaps $12000 on charter would be enough. No news here. we notice the Henry Mann seen Aug 31 - Lat. 28 South of the Island of Madagascar, then out 70 days - at that rate she would not be in Rotterdam before Christmas - but we hope to hear of her at Falmouth by the steamer due tomorrow morning."
- George C Lord to his brother Edward W. Lord, September 1, 1852.

"In regards to business affairs I have nothing, I am sorry to say, very interesting or cheering to relate. The 'International' is in Dock discharging- has her between docks now about clear. While she was laying in the river they were obliged to keep one pump going most of the time to keep her free of water and when at sea in rough weather both, but since she has been in Dock, she leaks but very little - say one to two inches per hour.... Political affairs in the United States seem to have assumed a more peaceful aspect and yet as to the future we are as much in the dark as ever. I am sorry to see that the passage of the Tariff Bill has caused a great change in the minds of the people here - their sympathies seem to have made a complete change from the North to the South. It is very easy to see how deep seated their philanthropy is for the poor downtrodden slave when their own interests are at all encroached upon. I think the change in the Tariff just at this time was a very unwise thing with the North and one which will fail to have its desired effect. It will operate against the commercial interests of the North and be of no benefit to the manufacturing interest. Foreign merchandise with fine it way into the country through the Southern ports and Canada without paying the high duty and that the whole object of the tariff will be frustrated. Therefore in my opinion, if the new administration wish to save their 'credit and bacon', they had better abandon the Tariff scheme at once and look to some other source of revenue."
- Charles E. Lord to his father, George C. Lord, April 2, 1861

"The truly deplorable state of the anarchy which our one peaceful and happy country is now in makes all news coming from there of thrilling interest, though saddening to the hear to contemplate. It is comforting to now that the people of the North are so united and that party lines are so completely obliterated. If war must come I hope the President will bring all the resources of the country into the field and make on bold strike at the Rebels. It is too late now for any half way measures. they have desperate men to deal with and desperate measures must be used to put them down or the country is lost and ruined further... The underwriters at large are now asking from 1% to 10 % additional premium on cargo in American ships, depending upon their position or account of the Letters of Marque issued by Jeff Davis. "
- Charles E. Lord to his father, George C. Lord, May 4, 1861
George Clement Lord was born about 1823 in Kennebunk, Maine to Captain George Lord (1791-1861) and Olive Jefferds (1793-1879). He had five siblings: Hannah Elizabeth Lord (1817-1833), Lucy Hayes Lord (1818-1833), Olive Jeffords Lord (1821-1821-1829), Charles Howard Lord (1825-1892) and Edward W. Lord (1830-1903). He married his cousin, Marion Ruthven Watterson (1823-1910) in 1866. They had four children together: Robert Waterson Lord (1847-1908), Marion Ruthven Lord (1849-1910), Caroline Lucy Lord (1852-1859), and Charles Edward Lord (1858-1941).  George Lord does on February 23, 1893.

His son, Charles. is also involved in the shipping business. Charles marries Effie Marion Rogers (1860-?) in 1855 and they have three children together: George C. Lord (1890-?), Marian Watterston Lord (1892-?), and Charles R. Lord (1893-?). He dies on August 1, 1941. He most likely died in August 1978.
Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin et al A Collection of Correspondence of Four Generations of Women in the Hockaday, Price, Blair, and Henrotin Family, Approximately 550 Pieces. .Missouri, Illinois, & New York.185 9 - 1962
A collection of correspondence from four different well-known and prominent families in the 19th and 20th centuries as they intermarried through four generations. The collection, in total, has approximately four hundred and forty (440) pieces, with the bulk of the material consisting of around three hundred and seventy-five (375) letters dating between 1870 - 1962. Over one third of the correspondence focuses on the relationships between the women in the families, often the mother-daughter, sister-sister, aunt-niece, cousin-cousin relationships. The four families are the Hockaday, Price, Blair, and Henrotin. The Hockaday family was a pioneering Missouri family, and was very prominent in Callaway County, where they were especially active in local politics. The Prices were also a pioneering Missouri family, who were often active in local politics. In particular Robert Beverly Price (1832-1924) who was a well-known banker and gentleman farmer, was greatly involved in the financial success of his alma mater, the University of Missouri. Several of the family members attended this University over the years. The Blairs were one of the most powerful political families of the 19th century advising several U.S. Presidents across the party lines including Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln. One member of the family even ran as the Vice Presidential candidate for Horatio Seymour's on the Democratic Party losing presidential ticket in 1868. The Henrotin was a prominent Chicago family, of which various family members were known for their active involvement in the suffragette movement, founding the Chicago Stock Exchange, and serving as Consuls to Belgium and Turkey. The letters deal the relationships between the women as they age they age from young children, to mothers, to widows. They discuss family news, their health, gossip, current events, their frequent trips to see other family members and month long trips to Europe. They often send each other parcels, full of gifts, such as dress, coats, gloves, (some made from seal skin), and preserved food, such as jam and pickles. In addition to the strong maternal relationships represented in the correspondence, there a strong bond between Elizabeth Hockaday and her niece, Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin (1883-1965) as Emily would stay for long stretches of time with her Aunt when ever her parents would travel. It could be said based on the number and content of their letters that Emily felt a stronger maternal bond to her Aunt than her mother. Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin appears to have been the family historian and the one collecting the family's letters. As such a large part of her personal correspondence with her husband, Edward "Ted" Henrotin, son, Preston Blair Henrotin, and her, mostly female, friends make up approximately one third of the correspondence in the collection. The majority of the letters from her husband take place during their courtship, while they were separated due having to take care of ailing parents in separate locations between 1906-1908. At times Edward "Ted" Henrotin would write daily to Emily. The remaining portion of the collection, approximately sixty-five (65) pieces mainly deal with the Edward and Emily's life at their house and farm called Road's End, located in Cherryplain, NY or are various pieces of ephemera relating to the greater family. There are genealogy records and family anecdotes, a printed map of Road's End, photographs, newspaper clippings, visiting cards, wedding invitations, legal documents relating to wills,  Preston Blair Henrotin's school and medical reports (including a course catalogue) and miscellaneous envelopes. The photographs, totally about twenty (20) are black and white photographs, the majority of which appear to be portraits and candid shots of the Henrotin's at Road's End. The collection itself has been organized into three categories: correspondence, photographs and ephemera (including materials relating to Road's End). Within the category of correspondence the letters have been organized into groups by who the letter is addressed to. Each of these sub set categories have been arranged chronologically with undated letters placed in back. The majority of the letters have corresponding envelopes, however there are several envelopes with no corresponding letter. These envelopes have been added to the total count in the ephemera section. Below are excerpts from the correspondence: "Mrs. Hockaday presented your case to me as best she could bit to obtain a definite account of your symptoms, I will be under the necessity of asking you some questions. Does the blood alluded to appear bright and fresh or dark? And do you discover it in large or small quantities - only a drop or two or several drops with each voidance? [sic]" - June 26, 1876, to Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her nephew, Euken "Poor John, my heart reaches out to him with all a mothers love and anxiety, he looked very feeble when he left home. Dr. W & Kerr performed an operation on him for piles [hemorrhoids], he had been passing blood in considerable quantities and they took off a tumor [hemorrhoid] half finger in length which caused him to lay in bed several days, he got out of bed and started on his campaign.... I hope to live to hear that Barclay has had all the died cut off his detestable back. I firmly believe Cittendue [?] and his men are at the bottom of it all. John was awfully crushed under the malicious slander." - April 13, 1880 to Evaline Hockaday Price from her mother, Emily Mills Hockaday regarding Eva's brother John, who was Attorney General of Missouri, and campaigning for reelection when D. Robert Barclay started making accusations in the press. "I received the birthday presents together with your very kind letter on Saturday, my 78th birthday, your letter brought tears in large drops, so many kind wishes and expressions was all duly appreciated.... as we grow old we feel that a little attention and remembrance is very grateful, more so than in younger days where we had a strong arm to lean upon. Widow has always been a name of sorrow." July 9th, 1883, to Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her mother, Emily Mills Hockaday "My darling little girl, your beautiful letter came a day or two ago and I think I never saw my name look so well as it did on the back of it, written by your dear little hand. You will soon write better than Aunt Liz does... I am most crazy to see you and hear you say your letters to spell, I guess you will be reading very soon, you must write to me very often, for I can read every word you write." - February 13, 1888, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Aunt Elizabeth (sometimes referred Aunt L, Liz, Lizzie, or Lizbeth) "Your big doll sits quietly in the parlor and your Rosefelt doll is in the middle of the bed in your Mudgie's room. [Illegible name] Blair with one last night, I made one read to her, it reminds me of you just a little bit. She cannot fill your place.... I am very lonely without you. No one to sit around with me and talk to me." - May 29, 1893, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Aunt Elizabeth "For it sounds as though you thought we had neglected you, which we are all far from feeling like doing, and I farther than anybody. I thought when you came here I would go at once to see you, but we kept hearing how weak and nervous you were, and the great necessity of keeping you quiet, and free from all excitement and the annoyance of company - and whilst I knew I would neither excite or annoy you, still knew that my being there would bring company to the house. The family would have come and of course would have to see you. To avoid all that thought I had better wait till you were well. I had felt so miserable over not going to you in the fall when you lay there a month with no one  to stay with you when I could so easily have gone had I known you were even in bed." - February 24, 1898, To Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her sister, Elizabeth. "[It's] the most interesting and the hardest work imaginable. Last fall it was feeding the soldiers as they sailed, usually at four in the morning at Hoboken, NY! Which meant my getting up at two. Since November it has been meeting the steamers at seven or light. It takes one to two hours, half hour exercise, one hour to get breakfast and dress, half hour in subway, so a 7 o'clock call means up at five. We do this four days a week on a moving schedule. Lucy Taggert (from Indianapolis, lives with Florence) and I are together in this. There is no telling how long one is headed- sometimes home for lunch and back in the afternoon or no lunch and dismissed at four, or, as one day two weeks ago we were there at nine AM and worked till 11 PM. That was wonderful, it was part of the 27th. We gave them a full meal, fed 36 hundred men in 45 minutes. Such a sight to remember! We had four lines of food (about forty women), the boys marched off the ferry boat four abreast, band playing, cheering crowds outside the gates. This was at Weekhawkin, they had docked there during the day from the big boats and were then on their way to camps. We gave them coffee, a big canteen cup full, big cream buns with raising which they adore.... [letter continues on for several pages describing the meal and items given to the soldiers, and what the soldiers said to them]". - circa December 1919, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Evalyn (friend) "I have been hoping for a letter from you telling me what you think of Blair? I do hope he is behaving well, and not tiring you out with his noise and disorder! Our house here seems so quiet with away, and stays so straight that I hardly recognize it... I am glad that he is having this first visit with you and Grandfather, that he will always remember. I have such happy recollections of the long visits I used to make you when I was a little girl, and how you used to read to me, etc. That I want want Blair to grow up with the same remembrances." - November 29, 1921 To Aunt "Lizabeth" from Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin "E. H. B. - this is very confidential, but isn't it funny how some families are money makers and some just aren't - Now the Mulford and the Henrotin just are and I'm hoping you can manger to bring up Blair to be a Blair." April 1, 1922 to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Mrs. Frank Burroughs Mulford (friend) "The depression has hit me pretty hard, like it has everybody else, and my investments have suffered considerably. While the greater part of them is in frozen assets, which are frozen so stiff that you could not dislodge them with a pickax. My Cherryplain [New York] property ranks first amongst these frozen assets and I am very anxious to dispose of some at a almost any price as I really need the money." - March 2, 1932 to Edward "Ted" Henrotin and his wife, Emily, Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Uncle Maurice "I am working at the Embassy  in London on British matters. We are prepared for the invasion by the Nazis and I have been wondering if things get too terrific with bombs etc, whether you would be willing to have Sylvia, Robbie and I come see you at Cherryplain [New York] until the war is over." - July 2 1940, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Jones Page Blair "You see I have the advantage on you as my so call 'dog' is part tiger, part jackal, and just a touch of Burma Rat. Not much dog to him and he's really rough. He can properly even beat you at climbing trees.... he just laughed, walked out the door and and came back dragging a baby elephant to show me how tough he really is.... news from the front has been good the last few days, We can only think of and thank the boys who have given their blood and their lives to make the news sound good and pray and hope that this mass slaughter will come to an end soon. With the fall of Rangoon, the battle for Burma is close to an end. Germany should be completely defeated by the time you receive this. The cost has been heavy." - May 4, 1945, To Auntie 'S' from Homer  who was serving in the Army Medical Corps in Burma. "Your box has arrived in perfect condition. I can't tell you how delighted I am with all the contents. You really are too generous and I do appreciate all the lovely things you have sent... the nylons are very nice. I don't get them here and have only got a pair Helen sent me from S. Africa... what a good cook you are, it is a delicious cake and the cans you have sent are all the things we like best and so is the soap. I think it is so clever of you to know what we need most. Rice is a treat after so many years without any.... we had [my husbands] brother over here for last week and he took us out on Sunday, a lovely fine day in our car for a a run. On our way home we were run into by another car. Fortunately only our car was damaged. The other car turned over and four people and two children crawled out without a scratch! There are some very bad drivers about. The shock was bad for George and he had to be revived on the roadside. However he seems none the worse now.... We heard from John who had been on leave up country visiting some army friends in Malay [Malaysia], he says the banditry is far worse than here. He had to be provided with an escort to get Kuala Lumpur and they say it may go on for another two years." -  February 25, 1949 to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Adile M. Gahain (friend) . Emily Mills was born on July 7, 1805 to John Mills (1780-1865) and Lucy Mills (1783-1867) in Kentucky, She married Judge Irvine Otey Hockaday (197-1864), on May 3, 1821. They had several children together: Lucy M Hockday VanMeter (1823-1849), Amelia Hockaday Stephens (1827-1904), Margaret Hockday McGirk (1829-1905), Elizabeth Hockday (1833-1907), and Evaline June Hockday (1833-1922). She died on May 12, 1890. Her daughter Evaline "Eva" married Robert Beverly Price (1832-1924) in 1860. She had one daughter, Florence Augustus Price (1861-1935), and several step children: Edwin Moss Price 1857-1920) and Emma Price Willis (1858-1942).  Eva died on June 22, 1922. Florence Price "Mudgie" married Francis "Farver" Preston Blair (1856-1914) in 1882, and had one child, a daughter, Emily Hockaday Blair (1883-1965). While Florence and Francis traveled, their daughter was cared for either by her grandmother, Eva, or her maternal great aunt, Elizabeth "Liz or Lizzy"  Hockaday. Emily often refers to her mother, Florence, as mudgie in her letters. Florence herself died in 1935. Emily would marry Edward "Ted" Clement Henrotin (1874-1945) in 1911 and have one child together Preston Blair Henrotin (1918-1976). Emily died in 1965.