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wheeling-virginia-1843-stampless-folded-letter-to-mount-vernon-ohio WHEELING VIRGINIA 1843 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO MT. VERNON OHIO

Created when Wheeling was part of Virginia (now West Virginia).  Letter is from David McConaughey (a prominent surname in Wheeling area at the time) regarding settlement of a claim. His right to the settlement is affirmed by a second note signed D. T. Tallant. Letter is addressed to Delano & Israel attorney at law. Condition is very good with no separations. Only tear is in the usual spot where seal was broken and does not affect content.  Postmark is full but light. 12.5-cent rate. 

virginia-richmond-confederate-cover-to-mayesville-south-carolina-civil-war VIRGINIA - RICHMOND CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CIVIL WAR COVER TO MAYESVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA COVER WITH #11 STAMP

Cover condition typical. Stamp looks like it was at bottom of sheet and torn by hand around three sides.  However, there are four margins, close only at top right. There is a B. F. Wilson listed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry. This is quite possible the cover for a letter he sent back to his wife.

westborough-maine-1853-property-deed-john-bowdoin-to-george-came WATERBOROUGH MAINE 1953 PROPERTY DEED - JOHN BOWDOIN TO GEORGE CAME

Good condition.  Typical deed of the day listing property lines as running from the bridge southwesterly to the brook, etc..  Signatures include John Bowdoin, George Came, Sarah Came (wife), John Roberts (witness), Lincoln Shaw (Justice of the Peace), S. C. Adams (register).

boston-massachusetts-1848-stampless-folded-letter-tennant-parties-with-girls BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1848 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER - PROBLEM WITH UPSTAIRS TENNANT PARTYING WITH GIRLS

Letter is from a Boston property owner to a friend in Danville, New York, first complimenting him on his shooting ability: "You shoot well--a good gun no doubt--give it to some of the grey squirrels in the woods".  He goes on to rave about Bob Bowa -- that crassy mouthed, drunken fellow abovestairs, 2 parties, 6 girls. The fellow would not clean.  Cousin G. tried to clean him out but the devil said Silverman engaged him and he would not clean (out) without his discharge. The girls as G. calls them know that I know all about the affairs and the other night I talked pretty freely about matters with Miss Abby."  Much more about that and other topics.  Easy reading. Letter in very good condition.

1829-stampless-folded-letter-gideon-snow-boston-dispensary-to-parker-cleaveland-bowdoin-college BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS1829 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER FROM GIDEON SNOW TO PROFESSOR PARKER CLEAVELAND, BOWDOIN COLLEGE

Gideon Snow, Esq., was Treasurer of the Boston Dispensary starting in 1807. Mr. Snow was elected a member of the Board, and continued in office until the annual meeting in October, when he declined a re-election. He was first elected a Manager, Oct. 8, 1807; and continued in the service of the Dispensary as Treasurer and Manager, with an interruption of two months, until Oct. 9, 1845, or a period of thirty-eight years.  The Boston Dispensary (est.1796) or Boston Medical Dispensary provided for "medical relief of the poor" in Boston, Massachusetts, from the late 18th century through the mid-20th century. In the 1960s it merged with Tufts Medical Center.  Parker Cleaveland (January 1, 1780 – August 15, 1858) was an American geologist and mineralogist, born in Rowley, Massachusetts. He was identified with the early progress of the natural sciences. After having attending the Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard in 1799, was tutor in mathematics there from 1803 to 1805, was chosen professor of mathematics and natural philosophy and lecturer on chemistry and mineralogy in Bowdoin College, a position which he retained until his death, although many professorships in other colleges and the presidency of his own were offered to him. He was elected an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1809. He gathered a valuable collection of minerals and published a treatise on Mineralogy and Geology (1816; third edition, 1856), which earned for him the title "Father of American Mineralogy."  Stampless folded letter shows wear and tear where seal was broken.  Still, excellent Gideon Snow signature and historic communication between two renowned New Englanders.

sacramento-california-full-1860-postmark-on-u2-postal-stationery SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA 1860 POSTMARK ON U2 POSTAL STATIONERY

Outstanding postmark on this cover, delivered to Elk Grove PO in Scaramento County.  Nice early buff U2 postal stationery cover.  In opening letter, recipient tore top just into the top of the embossed image. Backflap has been reinforced with stamp hinges that can be removed.

taunton-massachusetts-1847-stampless-folded-letter-to-providence-ri-wonderful-letter TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND - WONDERFUL LETTER

Absolutely wonderful letter from Sarah, of Taunton, MA, to Miss Emilie Carpenter, Providence RI.  Here's a sample of what it contained: "I was sitting at the window, and as it stormed violently, I was much surprised to have a cab stop at the door and a New Bedford gentleman (a Mr. Parker) was announced.  He is a friend of mine. He brought three letters, all saying I was expected back with him in the next train. The emergency was the great annual ball to be held there that evening..."  It goes on to describe her Cinderella-like evening including: "My dress was a straw colored lace, over a white satin".  Four pages of easy to read writing.  Envelope has an unlisted rimless Taunton postmark (light blue) with manuscript 5.  The back flap of the envelope is missing.

bowdoinham-maine-1848-stampless-folded-letter-gould-durgan BOWDOINHAM MAINE 1848 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO THOMASTON MAINE

Strong and full postmark PAID and 5 on this stampless folded letter from Bowdoinham Maine to Thomaston regarding collection of a debt.  L. Grey writes to A. P. Gould on behalf of Mr. Durgan requesting immediate action on Gould's part to collect the debt. Paper has some age stains.


boston-massachusetts-1849-stampless-folded-letter-to-new-bedford-liquor-shipment BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1849 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO NEW BEDFORD MA REGARDING LIQUOR SHIPMENT

Boston postmark with 5cts in dial.  From the size of the liquor order, Otis must have been a wealth New Bedford resident or merchant.  Brandy, port wine, Sicily wine, and sherry were ordered along with 1000 Sucero cigars. The companion note mentions a discount applied to all except the cigars.  Could use more research.  SFL is in good condition.

providence-rhode-island-1841-stampless-folded-letter-bales-of-cotton PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND 1841 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER REGARDING SHIPMENT OF 62 BALES OF COTTON

Letter sent to William B. Whipple, :Providence RI, from C. H. Dabney informing him that Dabney has shipped 62 bales of cotton on the sloop Rhode Island. He draws the bale marking for identification and says the lot can be insured.  Adds a personal note that he doesn't have time to write his wife and asks Whipple to ask her some questions for him.  Letter in very good condition. Light but full Providence postmark. Dabney was an agent for Brown & Ives, Providence, RI., dry goods commission agents, cotton brokers and merchants.