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Vacation Notes - Pyrography Decorated Suede Cover Depicting the exterior of "The Northfield", Northfield MA, July 3 - 12, 1898.
A 7 3/4" x 5 1/4" suede cover with suede tie binding. The cover is pyrography decorated and depicts the exterior and grounds of the Northfield Chateau. The journey begins with the traveler leaving Springfield MA at 3:30 pm on July 3, 1898. Based on the content of the 20 pencil written pages it appears that the gentleman was attending a religious retreat with numerous lectures. The writer describes content of the lectures and his interpretations. The retreat was apparently also attended by his son. The writing concludes with "Enjoyed being with my boy up here and it was sure good food for thought that has found a resting place in my heart". First and last page heavily toned from acid leaching from the leather. (
 Alice Woodforde Calligraphy Book in multiple German scripts including Gothic, French, English and more..
A 9" x 7 5/8" specimen book or examination for Alice Woodforde.  Includes a title page with her  name. A page and a double page with various German script alphabets including (old) Gothic.  Another page "The Evening Prayer" in French" and a poem "Flowers" by Longfellow in English with pencil drawn flowers at the top of the page.
A River Story -  To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
A handmade book constructed with plain paper and stock covers and a ribbon binding to hold the pages in place. "A River Story" is penned on the cover and title page.  The story of the life of a river from its infancy as a tiny stream and how it grows to meet life's challenges including waterfalls and  powering a waterwheel and growing weary from toiling long and hard.  It concludes with "My life has been long and happy and many wonderful and beautiful scenes awit me in the other higher broader life (which in this instance is flowing into the ocean to be free from worry and overwork)...And last farewell to you, my dear readers. Every page of text is accompanied by a relevant pen and ink drawing. Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2".. Cover wear with chip from top margin and corner chips. Light toning. Accompanied by a note from Agnes Hornung giving this book to Ada Hudson on her 16th birthday, March 11, 1892, as a token of love and remembrance from her friend.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97. The estate belonged to David Wallace and his wife Ruth, who was the widow of Hopper Mott, a prominent New York City family.

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  • 82 receipts for Food including o Extensive monthly receipts for fish, pork and meat o Weekly and/or monthly receipts for general groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, butter and cheese. Mostly from different vendors o Liquor and wine bills
  • 59 receipts for Utilities o Water bills o Coal, Wood & Coke o Ice o Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
  • 72 receipts relating to transportation and communication o Fairbanks’ scales o Western Union telegraph monthly bills o Newspaper subscriptions and box rental o Steamships, mercantile fees and sail making o Railway passage o Express companies
  • 92 receipts for miscellaneous household receipts including o Livestock feed o Crockery and glassware o Guns and gun material o Trunks, bags, shawl straps o Plate glass o Watches, clocks, jewelry o Slate, tin, copper gravel roof o Carpets, wallpapers & draperies o Cloths and clothing o House, ship, sign and ornament painters o Stoves, ranges, furnaces, tin and sheet iron ware
  • 16 receipts for horses and carriage care and maintenance o Stabling o Horse shoeing and other animal maintenance o Horse and carriage furnishings o Carriage maintenance and repair including painting An interesting letter from a Manufacturer of Light Carriages and Wagons about laying pipe for water allowing adequate supply for 20 families.
  • 77 receipts for plants and seeds, fertilizer, garden supplies and ornaments, greenhouse supplies. This appears to have been a great passion for the household. Many of the receipts are multiple pages of large quantities of trees, plants and seeds from the premiere producers at the time. o Trees, plants and seeds from nurseries and auctions o Fertilizer and farming tools o Greenhouse and garden equipment and pasture leases o Letters regarding “master gardening” and requests for refunds for plants that died .
John Greenleaf WhittierAutographed Cabinet Card, Manuscript Sign Verse and pen and ink of "The Captain's Well" 1870s-1880s
A grouping of materials related to Whittier.  The first is a cabinet card with Whittier's signature at base.  The second is a 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" page from an autograph album with what seems to be an original verse penned and signed by John G. Whittier, Amesbury 1878.  The reverse has an drawing by Alice C. Boynton, Boston MA. The third is a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of shingle with a pen and ink somewhat naive drawing of "The Captain's Well".  It is captioned "And I knew in that vision beyong the sea, The very place where my well must be". Penned on the reverse "Picture of the 'Captian's Well' at Amesbury on a shingle from John G. Whittier's House in Amesbury". This is being sold only as an illustration, there has been no attempt to confirm that the wood shingle is from Whittier's home. The final item is a snippet from a letter penned by Whittier..
5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday"
A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA.  Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top.  Some with red and black borders.   Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian.  A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th.  Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899.  Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889.  Moving and thought provoking.. A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old.  An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.
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. The majority of the correspondence is a set of letters from Celia Harris to her sister Polly Wheeler, from the 1840s to the early 1850s. It would appear that for whatever reason there was some estrangement between Celia and the rest of her family, as they barely exchanged more than one letter a year despite repeated requests for more frequent correspondence or a visit.  Some points of note include: · One of the sisters is taking classes along with the hope that she soon will be qualified to teach her sisters as well. · A note about obtaining a small amount of curing waters that washed out a lot of the matter from a child’s eyes,  and without the water the child may lose his eyesight. · The amount and price of wheat · The bountiful harvest and price of fruit · A warm winter lead to “weak sleighing” · Purchasing a house that is warm for $400 · The death of a relative leaving a widower with 5 children Additional information available. .
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Small size book constructed of a front and back book cover two leaves of lined laid paper cut to fit the covers an held in place wtih thread. Old sewing repair holds covers together at backstrip.  A button is affixed to the front cover and a leather closure is sewn on the back cover with a buttonhole that clasps over the button.   When opened it reveals the daily activity of the lad of few words.  The pages are titled at the top of each month beginning with January 1857.  Many of the lines in the first half are occupied with "To School"  Some additional lines include: -school didn't keep , setting up wood, - made an axe handle - did nothing - Do work for Brown - Haying - A happy mood - Setting up wood - Killed the hog - made a gate - Picking Rocks - Cutting Bushes - To work for Brown- Holding plow for Clough - Drawing Stone and Plowing -Picking Apples - Making "sider" (cider) - Drawing dung - a couple of lines of secret code .  Each of the tasks is repeated numerous time.  The life of a young boy in an 1850s tweets!  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  .
Mid -18th C. Poem & Watercolor - an acerbic commentary on the artifices and contrivances of contemporary womanhood
The hand painted satirical caricature measures 5 3/4 x 9 inches and the accompanying poem is also on a 5 3/4 x 9 inch page.  Loosely translated the verse  is titled "Confidential report on the findings during an autopsy" and begins The heart was split and perforated by arrows that had entered it  a sponge's ____ would have been useful to suck up the filth That Which won her honor is a wreath, now decomposed, has many to knick and is wispy as brushwood, rods for children's rumps (complete loose translation accompanies the verse.  Art is signed in the bottom right "Detiene Fapres Reinhart".  Created on laid paper ; some wear. .
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile  Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints.  Companies represented include:The Enger Motor Car Co.,  The  Selden Car, Marion Motor Cars, Lewis Cars, Regal Motor Cars,Ford Motor Cars, Oakland King Regal, Pierce Arrow, Skinner Motor Cars (Packard, Chalmers, Dodge), General Electric (Maxwell-Briscoe car) and Sutdebaker.  Related merchants include: Kenwell & Brown - Garage and Repair Shop and Exide Battery Depots. Content includes Negotiated price on a Studebaker was $14,000; that on a lingering Marion "Six $1,400. Lack or delays in replacement parts Cost of a battery $199--complete with rubber jars Negotiation of an agency territory for Saratoga, Washington & Warren counties (NY state) Details on the Selden passenger bus including various vehicle specifications and financing arrangements. The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in 1917.
 Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
 Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy.  Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life.  Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
Collection of handwritten and typed recipes . ..
9 recipes and recipe books, most are hand written but there is one set of typed recipes on Herald Tribune Home Institute paper. Recipes include: Genuine Bay Rum, Cold Slaw Dressing, Preserved Strawberries, Orange Marmalade, Sour Milk Cake, Cake Pie with Fruit, Cookies, Current Wine, Confection of Senna (which is on the back of an 1855 advertisement for house repairs),  The typwritten collections is titled "Italian Recipes" "Vitamins in Italy"  by the Browns. It consists of 6 typed pages of Italian recipes such as Ravioli,Osso Bucco, Scaloppine Con Funghi, and Pollo Al Vino Bianco. Herald Tribune Home Institute published a cookbook ca. 1940's. . some recipes have staining and tears, all recipes are able to be read but some handwritings are difficult to decipher
 In search of a job - Letters of Recommendation & Certificates for Josephine Smith, West Gardner ME 1864.  . ..
A letter of reference, a certificate and her high school report card were the tools used by Miss Josephine Smith in 1864 to attempt to secure a job as a school teacher.   Apparently they worked as this grouping also includes two letters from the Superintendent of  Schools attesting she is qualified to teach for the 1866 and 1867 terms. .
A collection of five (5)  immediate post WWII typewritten letters embellished with watercolor illustrations superimposed on the letter sheets and/or applied at the top of the page. . .California.1945
The content is politically oriented and tongue-in-cheek.  The letters were addressed to Miss Eleanor Langlois of Guernewood Park, CA from J. E.  Langlois and Oscar Smith, both of San Francisco.   J.E. is Eleanor’s father.   The letters are dated August 13-20, 1945. August 14, is labeled V-J Day when Japan surrendered after WWII. The letters mention riots in San Francisco, food rationing, and  refers to their dog Geep. The letter writer mentions his tiring of meat loaf and his excitement to get eggs and lists the many ways he would like to cook them. He questions of they have gotten sugar yet. He is on edge and mentions how he jumps when ever he hears a noise. He has a sarcastic air and references times significant to the time such as Aunt Jemima's pancake mix and Seely mattresses. .
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
June 25, 1901 – South Lowestoft Discussion: · Birthday wishes · Bird egg collection · Lots of questions on classmates and activities · Attending games in motor cars · The New English Stamps · The ferry rockets Illustrations: · Greaves at his desk composing letter with lots of questions · Bull ramming ostrich with head in the sand; bull about to be hit by a cattle catcher on a train · Two views of a cherry tree before and after damage Five (5) crests. January 6, 1902 Discussion: · Discussion about a photo he’d received with the last letter · Christmas holidays and presents · Putting up two new bird boxes · Playing golf and bicycle riding · Hunting and other sports Illustrations: · Man riding a horse · Scared cat · Students escaping from lecture · Bicycle riders · Birds’ nests · Golfers · Self-portrait Six (6) postage stamps March 18, 1902 Discussion: · News in previous correspondence · Request for US stamps School football (soccer) · Crow’s behavior in the UK and US and spending time on the Conestoga with friends seeing the many blackbirds and finding three (3)dead crows in a nest · Discussion on where-abouts and disposition of previous classmates Illustrations: · Baby birds in a nest – mama bird hovering above · Haas McDevilt Champion figure staking day – series of views · Boy and man chased up a tree by dogs · Prof. Lader Shands of Harvard “How to raise potatoes” · Mc Briggs alias Christopher Greaves (letter writer) August 15, 1902 Discussion: · Thanks for splendid stamps, sharing with friends · Didn’t get the eggs his birthday, bird nesting · Comments on Haas’ hideous nightmarish pictures · Congrats as treasurer of Athletic Association; teasing about bagging the money · Crew races and how funny friends looked with head’s shaved Illustrations: · Treasure of Athletic Association collecting fees · Bicycle riding and tricks · Bird nesting in the meadows “keep your eyes open” · Bird scooping fish out of water · Men hunting rabbits One (1) stamp August 20, 1902 – Forest Hill, Oxford Eng. Discussion: · A school chum had accused him of getting married · Discussions on bird migrations cross the Channel, Mediterranean sea N. Africa, Southern Spain · King’s illness before coronation · Summer guest and their activities while in town · Bicycle touring in country side · Attending Coronation Procession in London – lots of Americans; naval review mostly foreign warships were away · Boating picnic at Oxford · Boer generals in London · Big railway races in America · Questions on classmates Illustrations: · Man reading NY paper looking for marriage announcement · Birds dressed in vacation attire approaching a train to S. Spain · Man in knickers playing golf · Fishing from a canoe · Man eating watermelon · Little girls · Man with umbrella atop airship with balloon tied to a pig February 1903 Discussion: · “royal shoot” with Prince Wales, · Collecting stamps or crests · Collecting “English Eggs” and updating the collection · Many terrible rail accidents in the US , wonders if the “flying machins will come in fashion” · The wonders of the Marconi system · Playing golf · Re Ludwig’s picture in long pants—a new sensation getting old · Bluebirds’ nests and wondering about their habits · Football (US) and Sir Thos. Lipton “lifting” the America Cup. Illustrations: · Boy sneaking an egg from a nest · American football · Granny peddling an air balloon · Series of views of an ice skater racing and falling November (no year) Discussions: · Collecting Crests · Playing football · Two vessels driven ashore due to rough weather Illustrations: · Golfer · Boys falling on ice while skating · A rabbit Four (4) crest, two (2) postage stamps. .
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. .
An original Get Well Story and Whimsical Drawings to a hospitalized child by  Sidney Ernestine Warfel. .Chicago.1946
A two page typed story to Virginia Whitley at St. Joseph's Hospital , Joliet IL. 1946. The story begins with I do not know you and you don't know me, but what difference does that make? She had heard she was ill and needed something to bright her days, so Sidney wrote a nonsense story  with the characters Ellalulu, Lally Dee, the Dog --Beauty Belle, Ellalulu's cat- Sput and the moneky.  Accompanied by sitck figure drawings each measures 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  With original envelope. Charming. .
Partnership agreement for Giffin, Denniston & Co. makers of Watch Case and the dealing in Watches, New York City, 1850 . ..
A  4 page manuscript partnership agreement document describing the terms and conditions of the three person partnership including the purchase of the business of Thomas Bond, the shop and tools.  They are Stephen Clarke, Nelson Andrews and John H. Giffin. Signed and sealed on reverse. Measures 10" x 7 3/4". .
The Hen Yard Account. ..1876
A naive handcrafted 4 leaf ledger relaying the activities of the hen yard in 1876.  A naive hen adorns the front cover.  The front page annotates the number of Chickhens (sic) raised and died as well as the number of cocks, and the number of sold pullets, hens and roosters, plus the money received and paid. The total number was 14.  The next two pages are "memoranda" with 4 different entries on events relating to medical issues, laying habits and the demise of some of the birds. The final page is a count of the birds that died and the cause.  Measures 4" x 3 1/2"..
Rennee Kellett & Gwen Divison Typescript & Illustrations: Unpublished Book - Grannie's Book of Fairy Stories. .London.c1960s
Includes two stories titled The Story of King Hippus-Woppus & Queen Lovely Lady and The Strange Adventures in the Forest, of Little Diamond-Eyes. The first is 44pp long.  The characters include King Hippus-Woppus, Lovely Lady,  Kim Dymo (Lovely Lady's Father the King), Katta-Wann-Shee (sorcerer), Princess Dream-of-Delight, Araminta (the Cat) and Mr. Whiskers, Prince Braveheart, Princess Happy-All-the-Day, King Kee-Hiley, Queen Lotus Blossom, Prince Ti-Yemminnots, Chinnamooni (sorcerer), Robert the Raven, Prince Kiska and the Great Scientist.   A charming yet simple story even with the long cast of characters. The second story is 18 pp and tells of the adventures of a girl called Little Diamond Eyes including subplots of The Fairy Dewdrop and The Friendly Frogs, Dewdrop in Danger and  A Peep into Fairyland. Includes 7 full page illustrations in black and white and gray-tones.  Each with a printed captions.   Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4".  Loose-leaf..
Illuminated Calligraphy with Flora Embellishments - Our Darling Elsie
A 13 1/2" x 10 3/4" card with illustrated  calligraphy reading "Our Darling Elsi __ Mors Janua Vitae--Talitha cumi"  Translating to Death is the gateway to (everlasting) life -- and Little maid, arise (a Syriac or Aramaic expression.  Crests of Agnus Dei and IHS.  Adorned with dried forget-me-nots, daisies, fern and lily of the valley.   Well executed in vibrant colors. Reverse has pen and ink of The Ruin - Mt. Edgcumbe.  with a Milton verse.  Dated Aug. 24, 1887.
Charles R. Morrill (1918-1986) WWII Basic Training Notebook of Charles R Morrill. ..1944
A WWII notebook comprised of notes from Charles R Morrill's basic training as an infantry man in the Army. It is clear that the majority of the notebook are his notes taken during his training. Covered in Morrill's training is a variety of weapons he might encounter (60 M M Mortar M-2, M 1 Garand self-loading rifle, and bangalore torpedos), basic first aid, tracking and scouting, navigational skills, chemical warfare (identifying different gases and how to use the gas mask) and how to safe guard information. Included with the notebook is two additionally pieces of paper. The first is hand written legend for symbols that are most often found on maps and the second is a printed piece of paper with 10 names on it. Printed at the top is Call -- 309, Oct. 11, 1944, 10 men. The number 309 was Morrill's draft number, and his, along with the ten men listed on page were, number was called on Oct 11, 1944. Morrill and the other men were officially registered on Oct 12, 1944 in Manchester, NH. By the end of the war, Morrill was a Corporal in the army and was officially discharged on Aug 4, 1946. Later after returning home to New Hampshire, Morrill would marry Evelyn Eisler (1916-2008), and eventually pass away in 1986. The notebook itself is a Blue Horse Composition Book that has been cut in half. Measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Below are some memorable quotes from the notebook: "Pride will win battles" "Man must have courage, intelligence and leadership... we are absolutely not cannon fodder. Infantry (riflemen in particular) are safe. No other branch takes the ground, [and] all other branches support us." "Carelessness in talk [and] handling equipment weakens [the] whole unit." "[Your] gas mask is as vital as [a] life savor or parachute." To view this item, please click on the following link: Edge wear on notebook. Interior pages are soiled and toned due to age. Covers have stains as well.
Miniature Manuscript The Lords Prayer and Apostles Creed. .Slatington PA.c1860
A 4 1/2" x 3 3/4"  sheet with a miniature hand penned and decorated Lord's Prayer and Apostles Creed.  The Lords Prayer is written horizontally and measures 5/8" in diameter.   The Creed is written in a circular format.  Extensive geometric starburst devices around the Lords Pray and intricate geometric scolloped designs surrounding the Creed.  An eternal wreath with flowers and leaves surrounds the work.  Pennsylvania Dutch influence. Caption at base reads ""Being justified by faith we have peach with God through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen".  Reverse is blank.  Found in an envelope addressed to Miss Nellie Hughes of Slatington PA. .
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Large format stenciled wraps. An applied label on the cover reads "Joseph Shaw's Book 1823". 20 unnumbered pages; 15 with verses.  Executed in a fine hand.  The verses include Church Fellowship I Cannot Tell Address to Young Ladies, written in a question an answer format penned in black and brown ink alternately. Ode on Washington's Birth Day Hymn by Pierpont The Genius of Masonry. Excerpt from Clymer's Anniversary "Strike, Strike the lyre, let cannons roar And haild the auspicious day When Freedoms sons undaunted swore To spurn a monarchs sway" Measures 12 1/2" x 18" . Covers detached and separated with wear.  Toning and discoloration first few pages.
Calculations for a tavern keeper's profit - pros and cons of the tavern license law. ..c1860s
A 10" x 8" sheet with manuscript page prepared to show an innkeeper that the license law would have a positive impact on profits. The argument is for license laws. The argument is essentially that under the law a tavern keeper would pay 48 cents per quart vs. unlicensed purchases of 16 cents per quart. The calculations are based on the same level of consumption and show a one year net profit $2,862 at 48 cents per quart and $732 a year net profit at 16 cents per quart. Includes a statement that thae license law is anti Democrat.  Letterfolds, "Tavern Keeper Profit" penned on reverse. .
 Prospect House Public Invitation with note on reverse re new building. Reformer Press, Brattleboro.Brattleboro.c. 1877
The advertisement is for the Prospect House that was located on Spofford Lake in Chesterfield N.H. The sheet has a brief summary of the amenities of the House and the opening date with the intent to generate interest to visit. It is printed on one side, and on the reverse blank side there is the drafting of a note in references to the Prospect House. There are two versions, one a slightly revised copy of the other, both seem relatively unfinished. They incorporate information that can be found on the advertisement, as well as details gathered from other sources, such as the plan to build a large hotel, twenty-five summer cottages, and the use of a sixteen horsepower steamboat. 10" x 7".
Caroline Holt Low Literacy Phonetic Spelling - A letter to a "Lebbe" about life and sons returning from war. .Kenosha, WI.1866
An 8" x 6 1/2" letter sheet with letter to "Lebbe" penned on both sides. A friend or former care giver getting in touch with a dear one with information on daily life and her sons returning from the war.  Of particular note is the use of colloquial phonetic spelling.  The letter begins "Wall Lebbe I was very glad to here from you and to here that you was wall and geting a long so wall as for me and the Rest of the famely ar all wall and I hope that those few lines will fond you and yours all wall as you said that you will Be a Mother By this time it Cant be that  that lettel bebbe that I washed and dreed 18 years a go wall Lebe it so and I would like to Come and see you and Dress your Bebbe for you and now I think i am in titeld to a presant dont you think So wall Lebe I would like to have ad you Come and make ous a veset and see my solders Boys Abram as Bene verey sick and he as get his descharge and Has got home and Henery he as Jus Came home on a ferlow for 30 days and poor William is stil doon south. .." This is only the front page of the letter; quite interesting. .
Alice G. Teel Social Letters from a Teacher at The Southern Industrial Institute, For the Training of White Youth. .Camp Hill, ALA.1915
Two letters from Alice G. Teele, an instructor at The Southern Industrial Institute, for the Training of White Youth writing to Mrs. Eugene Howlett, Charleston SC.  The content relates to what appears to be the socially prominent of the area and there  comings and going; politely snide at times. The final comment of the second letter reads "The Tuskegee paper has come with our names into it!".  The closing of that letter reads "Homesick".  Measures 8 3/8" x 5 1/2".  Total of six manuscript pages.  Includes original envelope..
Anna Robinson Account of deaths from illness due to fever epidemic in Connecticut by Stricken Woman. .Killingly, CT.1814
In two lengthy manuscript accountings a young woman relays first, her concern at the numbers of individuals dying and subsequently her near death and recovery.   The first is to her parents on March 11, 1814 expressing her sorrow and dismay at the deaths of friends, and relaying the names of all of the communities in the area where the fever was present.  She proceeds to account the numerous families with several  members in a household succumbing, usually within days of one another. She expresses concern for the doctor's health as he has seen patients day and night for a month.   Apparently the first person fell ill in December of 1813.  She is bemoaning their fate and her despair and then writes "---but stop. Let me not give you any uneasiness on account of my words". The recollections of others passing fills the remainder of the letter. The second letter written to her brother is started on April 20, 1814 and concludes on May 4.  The letter opens with admonishing  her brother for not writing for two years and then goes on to explain that she is near death with the fever.  Apparently because of the severity of the illness  can only write four lines.  The next line begins with the 21st followed by a couple of paragraphs as well as the 23 and the 25.  On May 4 she concludes the remainder of the letter advising that she was just carried back to her home and was beginning to recover. Followed by demanding a visit and continues her despair about the situation.   Each letter over 1 1/2 pages. 14" x 9" paper.. Anna A Robinson Birth about 1780 Death 4 Apr 1826 In searching for a  fever epidemic in eastern CT in 1814, none could be found.
Mrs. Geo. M Hamlen Letter from Wife of Founder on letterhead of Mallalieu Seminary - A High Grade School for Both Sexes. .Kinsey, Henry County, ALA.1901
An 11" x 8 1/2" letter sheet with a large image from a photograph of the exterior of the Mallalieu Seminary, Kinsey, Henry County, Alabama. The adjacent narrative provides information on the school, it's fees and affiliation to the "Emeline S. Hamien Industrial Home of Girls" in which they are taught the various branches of good home making, sewing, garment cutting and also have the advantages of the seminar".  The content of the letter written to a mother who made a  20 cent donation for a King's Daughter membership and advised their work in the South is prospering with for which we thank God and take courage.    Also references the recent $5,000 and $2,000 gifts received.  Concludes with discussion about the Camp Meeting and upcoming King's Daughters convention at Cottage City. .
 Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
4 leaves. Elaborately decorated cover with gilt enhanced illustrated of boy conquering a mountain.  He carries a flag reading "Excelsior". He has penned "Master Richard Clarke Burnham School. June 1845" in the cartouche. A large format album with decorative border designs printed in different colors with different flowers and flourishes.   Master Clarke has copied four (4) verses each with some illuminated and otherwise accentuated letters.  The verses are School Recollection - Cowper The Moss Rose - Krummacher The Reaper and the Flowers - Longfellow What of the Night - Anon Each of the titled with a different flare - of particular note is The Moss Rose created of miniature penned moss and roses.  Numerous fine accents from the weeping willow "MY"" to the grape arbor "They".  Special attributes have been used in lettering the poets names.  Measures 17" x 13". .
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Watercolor heavy card covers with polka-dot silk ribbon binding.  An endearing and thoughtful hand penned daily inspirational book. Each page represents a day of the year with a daily inspirational passage from poets, notables such as Florence Nightingale, Beecher the social reformer and abolitionist, philosopher, Bible passages and more. Some are original thoughts.  Measures 4 1/2" x 6".  .
 A Manuscript, Watercolor, Pen and ink Work - A Book of Ships. ..c1928
A hand crafted paper book with 24 leaves. It includes 10 watercolors of ships throughout the ages from the first log canoe to a 1920s passenger liner.  Each full page watercolor is accompanied by an informational narrative. The center of the book includes a center-fold of a printed illustration by Charles S. J> Delacy - Section of the 'Revenge'.   The illustrations are well executed although done by an amateur hand.   The book opens with a copied verse CARGOES by John Masefield, that begins Quinquireme of Ninevah from distant Ophir  Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,  With a cargo of ivory  And apes and peacocks... It concludes:   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,  Butting through the Channel in the mad March days  With a cargo of Tyne coal,  Road rails, pig lead, Tirewood, ironware, and cheap tin trays. Decorative grosgrain ribbon closures. The final watercolor in the book puts an image of the Santa Maria next to a 1928 to exemplify the changes in modern history.  Measures 10 1/2" x 9".   . An interesting and thoughtful work, most likely a ship enthusiast and not a school project.
Mensuration – Part 1st Continued by Mark Brayshaw1845
(Part 1 of the study of measuring of geometric magnitudes, lengths, areas, and volumes)  Hand penned with cyphers, illustrations and calligraphy. A quarter leather exercise book with marbled paper covers for Mark Brayshaw.  Embellished with decorative lettering, design and calligraphy.  Some elements in watercolor. The book includes numerous exercises, beginning with the stated problems of mensuration followed by examples of the solution including some diagrams.  Excellent demonstration of problem solving skills as well as penmanship skills..
Anon. Manuscript Adaptation of The History of Little Fanny . ..c1810s
Wraps. 8 pages. Each page is a different scene from the original book of the History of Little Fanny, Exemplified in A Series of Figures. This manuscript adaptation paraphrases the original toy  book with different original watercolor costume for each scene.  it focuses on the morality lessons.  A single head and neck is moved from scene to scene. Includes five (5) of the seven (7).  Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". . come all ye little ones, and quick draw near. A gift I offer for the approaching year. A little doll who boasts a pretty face, And wondrous strange! her clothes a moral trace"
Louis Gansler Manuscript Wedding Album Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Wagner as a Souvenir of their Wedding. .Mill Hill, Barnet, England.1897
A 27 page half-bound album with gilt stamp front cover reading Souvenir July 6, 1897 with the bride and grooms initials and a pair of love birds.  A manuscript remembrance of the wedding embellished with hand drawn watercolor imagery.  The dedication page dated Easter 1898 reads "To my dear Cousins as a token of Love and Esteem - Louis Gansler, Followed by a Preface and Presentation Page including particulars about the wedding. It was the marriage of Lizzie Meadows and Fred Wagner. This is followed by An extensive seven page narrative on the actual wedding and after parties that included a breakfast and evening trip to a local restaurant.  This event was not attended by the newlyweds who were off to Switzerland via London. List of Guests - annotated for bridesmaids and groomsmen List of Presents x 2 Invitation to an Evening Concern at the great Dining Hall of "Ye Calfe's Head," Worsten followed by additional rules and activities for the event.  Whimsical; tongue-in-cheek. "Epithalamion" an adaptation of Edmund Spenser's poetry. The Biter Bit - the tale of a prank at the event Telegrams from those unable to attend and the bride and groom announcing they were already in London at the time of the event A printed wedding invitation and keepsake A photograph of the newlyweds with fine watercolor border embellishments and scripture. A group photograph of the wedding guest Photos of some of the presents and the church. The watercolor drawings and page borders are well executed, thematic and charming.  Great care was taken the selection and development of content and the execution. Measures 10 1/2" x 14 1/2". . The Preface states: The Object of the writer in preparing this book has been to produce a permanent record of an interesting event; and the attempts at embellishment are not meant as a display of any artistic talent, but rather to make the production as attractive as the limited capabilities of the writer would admit, and it is -- hoped that it may prove interesting to many who were present at the wedding.   It is earnestly hope that any personalities the writer has indulge in will cause no offence, and should anyone feel annoyed at anything herein contained they are assured that the offence has been unintentional, and  pardon humbly pleaded for. Thanks are due to those who have kindly supplied the writer with various details, and to Mr. Robt. Alison for the poem "Epithalamion".