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 Chauncey Buell's Book - Ludlow Massachusetts, 1834 -1841.
Chauncey Buell's Book - Ludlow Massachusetts, 1834 -1841.
Price: $65.00

Includes wages paid to others including tasks performed from 1834-1841 followed by a receivables ledger.   Last entry death record of Chauncy, who died at age 60 (1853) , Anne who died at 91 years and Margaret who died at age 65. The Buell family of Ludlow was descended from William Buell (or Be well) of Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England, who came to New England about 1630 and settled at Dorchester, Mass., but removed a few years later to indsor, Conn., where the family took a prominent part in the early history of the town.Chauncey Buell,' the first of the Ludlow Buells, was born March  1, 1793, at Somers, Conn., coming to Ludlow about 1820, where he died Sept. 12, 1853; married April 24, 1821, at Longmeadow, Anne Lathrop, born Dec. 24, 1794, at East Wiindsor, Conn., died Feb. 17, 1886. more info
"Your Favourite Walk" Photo and Memory Album created by Cissie, UK.     1909
"Your Favourite Walk" Photo and Memory Album created by Cissie, UK. 1909
Price: $65.00

Handmade, hand tied album with photographs and a handwritten letter from a niece, Cissie, to her uncle. Addressed 473 Carlton Place Oswaldtwistle, there is a photograph from Douglas Harbor  Isle of Man and the niece refers to her uncle getting settled in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" while referencing her travels in the UK Names mentioned include Peggy, a new niece Lizzie, brother Dick, and Aunt Maggie. 5" x 6 1/2" some staining from photograph and mounts more info
Two Weeks Without Pay; Being the Happenings from June 20 to August 13, 1923 - personal journal New York/New Jersey
Two Weeks Without Pay; Being the Happenings from June 20 to August 13, 1923 - personal journal New York/New Jersey
Price: $65.00

unpaginated. Paper bound personal diary from June 20 to August 13, 1923, handwritten and made to look like a published book by drawning a title page.Preface from the 'editor' is presumably the author of the diary and begins "The second spoke continues and finishes the last days in jail (school)." July 7th mentions he bought 4 letters to put on his jersey (jeff)n however a letter on August 6th is addressed to "Clarence". The diary depicts the life of a teenager in 1923; getting a massage to remove skin blemishes, events at school, grades, work done on the car and the repairs, lots of swimming and flirting. Friends mentioned are Dietz, and Art, Bill,and Red Lovett, Higgsy (later listed as George Leroy Higgs, apprentice chemist), Rich Beck, and his pop. He wants to get a job at Price and Lee (publishing company) and talks of Kempson's (publishing company) where he currently works. Accounts of his days; working, friendships, cars, trips to Pennsylvania, Asbury Park, Dreamland Park, and Midland Beach. Gets his license plate for $9.20, the number is 293514. Other names mentioned Elizabeth, Bee (Beatrice), Carrie Frey, Captain Ratchford (park police), Jean Ahern,and an Edee who did not swim one day because she "had the monthlies". A wonderful look into the life of a teenager in 1923. Many details and emotions. Last page mentions that "due to the popularity if these books another volume will be published immediately". 6" x 3 1/2". pages intact, some writing messy but overall easy to read more info
 Diary of Young Girl, Frankie Brown, Daytona Florida, 1919. ..
Diary of Young Girl, Frankie Brown, Daytona Florida, 1919. ..
Price: $85.00

Black leather cover, preprinted generic pages, lined pages for each day of the year filled in by hand. Calendar journal with identification page identifies the book as belonging to Frankie Brown in Daytona Florida, some answers are tongue in cheek and give the feeling of a preteen or teenage writer. The next section has preprinted pages of calendars, value of foreign coins, rates of postage and stock, populations, weather, and holidays. The journal then begins on Wed. Jan, 1, 1919. Each page is filled in completely. It begins "you are a new diary and I wonder if you are nice. Your predecessor was. Your name is Elizabeth". Entries discuss friends, activities, crushes 6" x 3". heavy wear on cover, sections of text block detached more info
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Price: $115.00

The book is full of poems that were copied down by Clara. Some of the poems included are The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder, Six Little Feet on the Tender, Drifting Apart, [Rev. Henry Brown and the] The Old  Home, Watching and Waiting [for me] by Marianne Farningham, Peace by J. G. Whittier. Additionally, there are 13 poems on newspaper, eight of which have been pasted together. Lastly their is a piece of paper with what appears to be a shopping list on it. "There is many a rest in the road of life, If only we would stop to take it; And many a tone from the better land, If the querulous heart world make it! To the sunny soul, that is full of hope, And whose beautiful trust ne'er faieth [sp], The grass is green and the flowers bright, Though the wintry storm prevaileth..." - The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder Cloth over Board covers, 16 leaves. Red tape binding. Half filled out. Measures 8" x 7".. Clara Danforth Sargent Nelson was born on September 26 1845 to Daniel Davis Sargent (1816 - 1887) and Mary W Chase (1822 -1920).  in Hopkinton, NH. She was married on November 17, 1868 to Harris Burpee Nelson (1843 -1928). She had three children George E Nelson (1870 - 1900), Eugeen L Nelson (1871 - 1955), and Carl Harris Nelson (1874 - 1971). Both her and her husband were farmers in New Hampshire. She died on March 15, 1932 in Sutton, NH of influenza. more info
 Inventory Book for Builder, 1903-1906 . ..
Inventory Book for Builder, 1903-1906 . ..
Price: $125.00

paper cover with cloth tape binding, handwritten pages of builder's inventory lists. A detailed listing of building supplies from 1903-1906. An unknown builder documented the inventory for his business. The first page starts with "fire pails, painted 453", "railing for automatic fire door  397 1/2' " the list continues throughout the book and contains sprinkling heads and  water closets then goes on to specific areas of the building; basement, machine shop, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors. Other entries are for coal along with "Fogarty's time record". Later in the book is a listing of names and locations many of which are crossed out, these have dates from the 1860's on them but appear to be in a similar hand. 6" x 4 1/2". worn, tear in cover more info
The Standard Diary  no. 532 of anonymous writer in Massachusetts.   The Standard Diary Co  1912
The Standard Diary no. 532 of anonymous writer in Massachusetts. The Standard Diary Co 1912
Price: $150.00

Brown fabric cover of printed journal, lined paper, beginning has standard information such calendar, holidays, populations, weights and measures, presidents, and a variety of tables. The journal is very detailed. Each day of 1912 is filled in with weather, organ lessons given, callers, information about chickens, and daily life. The end contains addresses, accounts,days she played organ and amount received, births, deaths,  detailed listings of chickens and laying habits, poultry eaten and sold.  Last page is a list of names of pullets in 1911-1912. 5" x 3" more info
 Newspaper Cover Handmade Commonplace Book, June 4, 1809.
Newspaper Cover Handmade Commonplace Book, June 4, 1809.
Price: $150.00

8 pages of laid paper stitched in place between a portion of a newspaper page from 1809.  Includes Bible verses and quotes, bills sent to Bridgeport Bank, Mohawk Bank and several to  Manhattan Bank.  This is followed by additional devotionals and banking notes.  Articles on the covers include petitions of the New York state assembly, buildings to be sold or leased,  want ads and advertising and a partial editorial on a letter written by John Adams.  Measures 7" x 4 3/4". more info
An Account Book of Benjamin Clark, Exeter, MA 1824-1830; Provisions Merchant - all types
An Account Book of Benjamin Clark, Exeter, MA 1824-1830; Provisions Merchant - all types
Price: $150.00

A 7 3/4" x 6"  approximately 50 page ledger or day book with marbled paper cover.  A day book or account book with additional informational entries on local events. Entries begin with the driving of various named cows, followed by Benjamin Clarks tax bills for 1824.  Mr. Clark is merchant of all things... Ledger entries begin with a credit for 30 pounds of old iron left with me when I bound his wheels.  Followed by information on cheese and potato sales and other food products including 'veel'.  Includes ales of timber,  pork and lamb, calf skin, buttons, ribbon, etc.  Also includes periodic weather reports Oct 12, 1828 "this morning there is a whitefrost this is the first frost that I have ssen this fall".  Additionally he would credit debtors for  "a day's work".  One page is an Account of What I have received this year 1830", listing the butter and cheese he received by date including dates and amounts and costs for the entire year; with a second page dedicated to corn and potatoes and livestock. Additional yearly accounts for 1828 and 1829.  An upside down entry on the inside back cover reads "Monday, Dec. 28, 1829 uncommonly warm.. Moderate wear; one leaf detached but present. more info
Family Album Containing 32 Illustrated color Belgium telegrams for 2 Weddings 1940s-1950s.
Family Album Containing 32 Illustrated color Belgium telegrams for 2 Weddings 1940s-1950s.
Price: $175.00

The brightly colored telegrams are congratulations on the marriages of Jean Pier Stockhelm to Laura Jane spooner of Memphis and a second wedding, that of Nicole Fraipont to Michael Stockhelm. Also includes wedding pictures, children's pictures from the 1940s and 1950s.  Housed in somewhat worn leather album.  Measures 10" x 8". more info
Anonymous Quotes and Thoughts on the Sermons of Reverend Moses Drury Hoge from 1894 to 1898. The Washington Life Ins. Co..New York.1893
Anonymous Quotes and Thoughts on the Sermons of Reverend Moses Drury Hoge from 1894 to 1898. The Washington Life Ins. Co..New York.1893
Price: $175.00

A tiny pocket journal, written by an unknown individual whose entries mostly consists of quotes from sermons delivered by Reverend Moses Drury Hoge (often referred to in the journal as Dr. Hoge). Along with the quotes, are the writer's thoughts on these sermons. Dr. Hoge was a well-known preacher and orator for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war he rebuilt his church in Richmond, VA, and travel extensively to preach. The entries start in 1894 and continue to 1898, and below are a few excerpts: "The sermon was simple and beautiful- quite characteristic of Dr. Hoge. The rule of happiness as taught by the Scriptures, he says, 'to recognize and appreciate present blessing'.  The word 'thought' in the earlier language (of King James time) [meant] care,  anxiety , foreboding. 'Thought' now signifies those mental processes granted to us; memory, expectation, reflection." - Jan 5, 1896 " 'I beseech you (said Dr, H.) by the meekness and gentleness of Christ.' In the Yosemite Valley rise vast walls and columns of rock which echo back the thunder. But if a door perches in a crevice, or on a ledge and coos the rock echoes back the gentle note of the dove, and if a little lost child weeps at the base of the cliff, the rocks echo back the weeping child. The sermon illustrates not the sternness and terrors of God's wrath but the compassion, the meekness, gentleness and sympathy of Christ." Oct 16, 1898 Also in this journal as several quotes or excerpts of speeches, such as speeches written upon the deaths of Civil War General Robert E. Lee and Senator Edward Cary Walthall (Mississippi). One of the more hilarious quotes from the journal is "Referring to turkeys: There shall be nothing graver than the gravy, and nothing more stuffy than the stuffing." Additionally there are two loose pages, one is a newspaper clipping of a poem entitled "My Cigarette" and the second is a hand written quote in Latin. This journal was published by the Washington Life Ins. Co, and most likely given out by an insurance agent by the name of Thomas L. Alfriend, a prominent insurance and business man from Richmond, VA. The cover of the album has "L. Alfriend" embossed on the front. There is a section of the front cover missing some surface leather where the first name would go. This journal most likely did not personally belong to Alfriend as there is an entry on February 16, 1896 which details the journal owner's mother's death. Alfriend's mother died years before in 1852. Black leather covers. Gilt-edge pages. 72 pages. Approximately two-thirds filled. 4 1/4" x 2 1/". more info
 Miscellaneous Extracts, During the year 1837. ..
Miscellaneous Extracts, During the year 1837. ..
Price: $225.00

A hand constructed booklet measuring 6" x 3 3/4" with an array of factual data from the year 1837 embellished with historical events from as early as the 15th century.  A few facts of interest: -The death of King William the 4th took place in June, and the ascension to the throne of the Princess Victoria at the age of 18. -A table annotating the churches of Boston including the year of origination and the pastor  including Orthodox Congregations, Baptist and Episcopal Churches accompanied by information at the base for smaller churches. -Highest salary paid to a governor of a state was $4,000 to NY and PA; the lowest $400 to RI -Imports and Exports in gross dollars for 1825, 1830, 1835 -Salary of the President is $25,000 and Vice President is $5,000--etc. through cabinet and justices -97 captains in the Navy in 183.8 Includes 13 pages of "extracts" the remainder is blank.  Also includes additional smaller booklet with five like pages.. more info
 Copy Book of Religious Hymns.  Cover illustration - Pen Mightier than the Sword. Benjamin B. Mussey & Co..29 Cornhill, Boston.c1850
Copy Book of Religious Hymns. Cover illustration - Pen Mightier than the Sword. Benjamin B. Mussey & Co..29 Cornhill, Boston.c1850
Price: $275.00

This blank book was published by Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. sometime in the mid 1800s. The unknown owner of the book used it to copy hymns of a religious nature. There are six hymns in total in the book, "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" by James Montgomery (based on Matthew 25-40), "A Romish Lady", "The Orphan's Song", "The Gloom of Autumn" by Selah and Timothy Gridley, "Remember the Poor" by Rev, H G. Barrus and "Dying Hymn" by Alice Cary. Below is a quote from the "Dying Hymn": "Earth, with its dark and dreadful ills, Recedes and fades away; Lift up your heads, ye heavenly hills; Ye gates of death give way; My soul is full of whispered song - My blindness is my sight; The shadows that I feared so long Are full of life and light..." The front cover has an engraving of a Prince meeting Clio, the Nymph of History, along with a parable. Essentially the parable is meant to show how the pen is mightier than the sword. Elaborate border decoration. On the back cover is a multiplication table as well as a list of other books sold by Mussey. No OCLC, Feb 2019. Blue-green wraps.  Strong color.  24 unlined pages. Measures 8" x 6 3/4". more info
Rebecca Hileman. The 'School Friendship Book' of Rebecca Hileman in High School in Loda. Illinois, 1920-1923. The Reilly & Lee Co.Chicago.1919-1923
Rebecca Hileman. The 'School Friendship Book' of Rebecca Hileman in High School in Loda. Illinois, 1920-1923. The Reilly & Lee Co.Chicago.1919-1923
Price: $300.00

The very well documented high school years of Rebecca Hileman from Loda, Illinois are captured as Rebecca filled scores of pages with over 100 photographs of friends and family, name cards, souvenirs of school events, news clippings, letters and more. Includes some memorabilia such as a dance program, graduation invites, a piece of Wrigley gum and its wrapper, a typist certificate and lots postcards. In one section Rebecca lists all the faculty and the subjects they taught, as well as creating her own mini yearbook by grouping headshots together by class, All in all this scrapbook is a  fascinating picture of a young girl's school life in the early 1920s. The scrapbook itself was published by The Reilly & Lee Co, and was designed and illustrated by Clara Powers Wilson. 9" x 6 1/2". Covers are soiled and slightly bend due to the overabundance of the interior contents. Back strip is partially detached due to 'overstuffed' contnet. Binding is loose and mostly detached. Interior pages are toned and soiled due to age, some pages have minor tears. A few of the photographs have become lose and gone missing over the years. There is a stain caused by the Wrigley gum. Additionally some ephemera was never glued down, simply tucked into the book. more info
 Commonplace Book, Pocket Diary of August Maria Ward Bissell. .New York.1868
Commonplace Book, Pocket Diary of August Maria Ward Bissell. .New York.1868
Price: $325.00

A wonderful commonplace book of Augusta Maria Ward Bissell, who lived in Warwick, MA. This commonplace book is a small pocket diary for the year 1868. While each entry is short, normally consisting of a few brief sentences, the details Augusta Ward chooses to record about her life give the reader a robust outlook on her life and that of the local townspeople. Each entry starts off with a note on the day's weather, generally including the mornings temperature and a few words on the weather conditions such as  "wet day", "summerish", "some sprinkles". She continues on next with short notes on the day, who visited who, what sermon or lecture she heard that day or small notes on the doings of her family, friends, and neighbors. Additionally, marriages, sicknesses, and deaths are recorded as well. Below are some examples of her entries: "7 above morning, cloudy some. A surprise party at Mr. Richards in the evening. Went to meeting as Ms. Conants, Minister Association at Charlemont this week." Feb. 13 "14 morning, fair 30 at one. Dr. and Mary Draper called. Alin Felder called. Sleighing is growing poor. A subscription was started on Sunday to buy Sabbath school books for our library." "63 morning, fair 84 at one, fair. Rev. Mr Brooks called. Sarah Ball called. Ann Marie & I picked some strawberries. Mrs. James Derby has moved into Mrs. Fashe's house." June 19 "55 morning very rainy. Horace Mason called. Justin [brother] and I visited Aunt Catherine. Charles Hill's son died today of fever. Mr. Young and his family went west Tuesday." Sept. 4 In addition to all of her regular notes throughout the year, it seems that she meets Rev. Oscar Bissell, her future husband about midway through the year. He appears to have been a traveling Reverend who preached at several local churches and meetings. One can see the growth of their relationship as the year progresses. What starts as any other entries of the detailing the sermons she goes to, become notes of Mr. Bissell calling on her to spending the evening (Dec 15) to them exchanging letters. This is clearly the beginning of their courtship that would result in their marriage in November 1869. This marriage was rather unusual for the time as she was 39 years old. Augusta would go on to have 3 children within the next five years with Oscar. Lastly, at the end of the journal there are a series of list, starting with a list of the year's marriages and deaths, continuing with several accounting lists of expenses (such as the extraction of a tooth or purchases of a diary) and work she was paid for. Black leather covers. Gilt edge pages. Completely filled. Measures 4" x 2 3/4".. Augusta Maria Ward Bissell was born on June 24, 1830 in Warwick, Massachusetts to Sylvanus Ward (1802 -1856) and Anna Draper Ward (1801-1856). She grew up with three siblings, one sister, Harriet Anna Ward (1828 - 1856), and two brothers Artemas Draper Ward (1837 - 1914) and Justin Edwards Ward (1847 - 1929). She married late in life, at age 39 to Rev. Oscar Bissell (1822 - 1910) on November 1, 1869. Together they had three children Frederick Bissell (1871 - ?), William Foster Bissell (1872 - 1945) and Alma Ward Bissell (1875 - 1869). Augusta died in Brimfield, Massachusetts on December 30, 1898 of La Grippe, otherwise known as influenza. more info
India Allen Diary and Commonplace Book Belonging to India Allen, an educated woman in mid 19th Century New York. .New York.1841-1848
India Allen Diary and Commonplace Book Belonging to India Allen, an educated woman in mid 19th Century New York. .New York.1841-1848
Price: $500.00

A diary/common place book from New York in the 1840s. It belonged to a young woman named India Allen. Not much biographical information is known about India, beyond the fact that she lived at 6 Washington Square, New City. Based on her writing it is clear that she and her family comes from some means, and moved within some very high social circles. The first half of this journal is mostly quotes from a variety of well-known authors, such as Longfellow, De Ponte, Wilde and Pitt Palmer. The majority of these quote entries are dated between 1841 -1846. At the start of the New Year in 1846, India begins to record almost daily entries until June of the same year. These short entries detail her daily life, what she did each day (read, sew, who she called on) and the events or dinners she went to. While they are short, they are sometimes quite humorous. On January 3, she writes, “Went to a party, enjoyed myself tolerably.”  In 1848 India goes into great detail about a wedding she attended in May of 1848, listing other guests and gifts that were received. Additionally around this time are some of India’s most emotional entries as she describes the death of her very close friend, Fidelia Marshall (1826-1848). In two entries, which she titled “A Brief Sketch on the Last Hours of my Departed Friend”, and “Obituary Written upon the Death of My Friend.” These two entries in particular showcase India’s intelligent and reflective disposition. The rest of the journal is again filled with quotes from literature, as well as a few recipes, such as Cayenne Pepper Tea (meant  for sore throats). Measures 7 3/4" x 6 1/2". . Edge wear, particularly heavy on the back strip. Binding is loose but intact. Minor water stains on the back cover. The ink blotting paper used by the owner is included in the back of the journal. Penciling on some interior pages. Missing bottom of one page. more info
 Daniel Warner's Day Book - Payment Records, Days in the Moon's age, Math Problems, Remedies for Man & Beast and much more.. .Henry County, Indiana.1846
Daniel Warner's Day Book - Payment Records, Days in the Moon's age, Math Problems, Remedies for Man & Beast and much more.. .Henry County, Indiana.1846
Price: $575.00

Leather bindings with penned cypher front cover.  Begins with ledger entries followed by a series of math problems a table to show the number of days in the Moon's age, to be bled on, so as to receive Good Health.  Includes "A True Story" written in German more cyphers.  Remedies To stop the Blood, To Destroy a Tumor of the Neck, To cure a Tinche or film of the Eye, Cure for the Bots of Horses, For Eye Blisters, For the Burning, For being Liver-Grown, For the Night Burning and for the Cardiaca.  More math problems and cyphers that we called 'story problems' in elementary school. The book concludes with a Cure for Dyspepsia. Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4".  . Cover wear more info
Clergyman’s Sunday School Visiting Diary chronicling visits made to the homes of students of the  Sabbath School of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Troy NY, commencing April 6, 1847-1864. 1847
Clergyman’s Sunday School Visiting Diary chronicling visits made to the homes of students of the Sabbath School of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Troy NY, commencing April 6, 1847-1864. 1847
Price: $700.00

According to the first entry (hidden in the back of the book) the effort of home visits was under- taken by the superintendent “for a little time past, I have been troubled by efforts made by Mrs. Warren, patron of the Episcopal church, to induce poor families whose children have been in our SS to take the children from us, and send them to Episcopal SS (se visit, June 12, 1847). Were it to a Baptist or Methodist S.S. I should be glad to see the children lease us to enjoy the greater advantage offered; but I feel that the instruction under which they would come in the SS would not be evangelical, and gladly would I retain them with us. But apparently cannot succeed in doing so, June 14 - Yesterday I was notified by a teacher of two other families the children of which were leaving our school for the Episcopal as above”. This is followed by 70 plus pages of documentation of visits that include details on the home environment, social conditions, the sobriety and religious beliefs of the children’s fathers and more. Most of the interaction is with the mothers of the children. When troubling situations arose, the superintendent would say a prayer. The book documents the daily affairs of the less fortunate parishioners over a period of greater than twenty years. There are a few entries at the end of the diary for the early 1880s. Measures 11" x 8 1/2".. more info