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washington-new-hampshire-stampless-cover-to-nashua-nh NEW HAMPSHIRE -- WASHINGTON LADIES COVER WITH MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK NH

Beautiful small cover with full Washington manuscript postmark.  No date, but certainly to be early 1800s. Letter included contains family news including upcoming schooling, updates on family members and the death of a child.  Condition of cover and content is excellent.

portsmouth-new-hampshire-1835-stampless-folded-letter-to-salem-massachusetts NEW HAMPSHIRE -- PORTSMOUTH 1835 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO SALEM MASSACHUSETTS

Bright and full Portsmouth New Hampshire postmark on this 1835 stampless folded letter.  Long-long family news letter includes upcoming school year.  Letter in very clean condition.  No tears.

dover-new-hampshire-1845-stampless-folded-letter-to-boston NEW HAMSPHIRE - DOVER 1845 BLUE CANCEL STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO BOSTON

Full blue postmark with blue PAID mark and notation to charge PO box 58.  Content is invoice to Mason and Lawrence, Boston merchants for an order of printed cloth.  Shipped by rail.

bradford-new-hampshire-1845-stampless-folded-letter-manuscript-postmark-to-franklin-nh NEW HAMPSHIRE -- BRADFORD 1845 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK ADDRESSED TO FRANKLIN NH

Interesting content regarding Weare Tappan avoiding arrest by pledging his home against debt.  First page is agreement. Second page is written by Tappan explaining his efforts to clarify the matter.  Letter in fragile condition.  Still nice carmine manuscript postmark.

dartmouth-massachusetts-1852-manuscript-postmark-stampless-folded-quaker-letter-to-portsmouth-new-hampshire MASSACHUSETTS - DARTMOUTH 1852 MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK STAMPLESS QUAKER LETTER TO PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE

Vintage stampless folded letter mailed from Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  Addressed to Levi Chase, Portsmouth, NH.  Letter is dated and written in the Quaker style. Paper has second sheet edge tear where seal broken (usual). Transcription follows:
Dartmouth, 4 mo 18, 1852
My Much Esteemed Friend
Levi Chase
I received thy kind and acceptable letter last evening and I may say that it was quite unexpected that thou should take pains to write to me, for I do feel at times unworthy (and particularly so of late) even of the notice of mortals, and much more so of him who condescends to be a husband to the widow and father to the fatherless. But I desire not to be found murmuring or complaining, for unworthy as I am he who afflicts not willingly or grieves the children of men is pleased at times to arise, and as it were, rebuke the troubled elements and speak peace to my afflicted and bereaved mind. After all, I feel as though I have much to be thankful for. I want to tell thee that it has fallen to my lot to pass through another very afflicting dispensation, that of having my youngest son, Moses, go away to California, but after saying and doing all that I found to be my duty, I am endeavoring to submit and leave that and all else to him whose mercies are over all his works. But such was the trial, that I verily thought that if I could be favored with a satisfying evidence that he was prepared, it would have been a comfort to follow him to his grave, but oh, my Dear friend, I now know and realize the difference between bearing my grief and burthens by myself alone, or having a true helpmeet that is capable of taking a full share, and that thou canst not be fully sensible of at present, and may never. This knowledge is only obtained by experience. Thy remark in regard to our poor little company that is the Society to which we are attached, very much accords with my views, that we have need to keep close together and put shoulder to shoulder in order to help and encourage one another, but there is a contrary disposition manifest with too many compared with the whole, to pull apart and each take their own way, which I fear has had a discouraging tendency to those that were looking towards us and hoping and really expecting better things. It arises in my heart to say to thy Beloved wife, look not out at the imperfections of others, but endeavor to abide at home within thyself, keep a single eye to the pointings of truth, often remembering that they were not all Israel that were of Israel, but when thou seeist another lagging behind, trouble not thyself to enquire after his or her duty, but simply attend to the language of the blessed Master, 'what is that to thee, follow thou me'. For be assured that in a little while, all that others may do or leave undone will be nothing to thee or me, except we are found wanting in our duty to them. When I took up my pen, I had not a word prepared to thee or thy wife, but as things have arisen, I have penned them with desires that they may do no hurt; it did not seem so grateful to find that I was sometimes remembered by my friends that I was unwilling that thy letter should go long unanswered. I think it will be rather an interesting time at Philadelphia this week, as it is the time of their Meeting. I have not heard whether our friend John Wilbur has returned or is still there. I do desire his preservation.
My Dear love to friends, as thou hast opportunity, to H. & T. Gould's families in particular. A line from either of you, when you feel like writing, will be very acceptable to your friend,
Mary Davis

mobile-alabama-1834-stampless-folded-letter-to-new-york-city ALABAMA - MOBILE 1834 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO NEW YORK CITY

Interesting business letter regarding insurance for a shipment of logs from Mobile to Liverpool England.  Good red Mobile postmark along with desirable manuscript rate mark.

reuben-eaton-fenton-new-york-senator-free-franked-washington-dc-1862-cover DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON 1862 COVER FREE FRANKED BY REUBEN EATON FENTON, NEW YORK SENATOR

Full WAshington DC Free double circle postmark on free franked cover signed R E Fenton mc.  Reuben Eaton Fenton (July 4, 1819 – August 25, 1885) was an American merchant and politician from New York. In 1840, he was named commander of the New York Militia's 162nd Infantry Regiment with the rank of colonel. He was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. He left the Democratic Party to help organize the Republican Party, and was later elected, as a Republican, to the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th United States Congresses, and served from 1857 to 1865. He was Governor of New York from 1865 to 1868. In 1868, he was among the candidates to be Vice President. In January 1869, he was elected a Senator from New York and served from 1869 to 1875. He was known as "The Soldiers' Friend" for his efforts to help returning Civil War veterans. He worked to remove tuition charges for public education, helped to establish six schools for training teachers, and signed the charter for Cornell University. The town of Fenton, NY, is named for him. His former home in Jamestown is the site of the Fenton History Center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.  After his death, a building at The State University of New York at Fredonia, Fenton Hall, was named in his honor because he had attended the previous incarnation of the school, the Fredonia Academy. Fenton Avenue in the Bronx, is named for him.

laurinburgh-north-carolian-stampless-cover-to-dundarrach NORTH CAROLINA - LAURINBURGH MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS COVER TO DUNDARRACH

Attractive early manuscript postmark on this cover.  No rate noted.

new-york-city-1935-time-nagazine-advertising-cover-with-byrd-stamp NEW YORK - NEW YORK CITY 1935 TIME MAGAZINE ADVERTISING COVER WITH BYRD EXPEDITION SHEET SINGLE STAMP

Promotional cover sent by TIME magazine to promote subscriptions via teaser campaign.  Byrd Expedition stamp cut from souvenir sheet attached to add interest.

seldovia-alaska-rare-1925-registered-cover-to-bokenas-sweden ALASKA - SELDOVIA RARE 1925 REGISTERED COVER TO BOKENAS, SWEDEN

Rare cover from a sparsely populated alaskan village.  Strip of four Scott #557 stamps used to frank cover.  Backstamps indicated it went through New York Foreign mail route. Includes Bokenas receiver.The town's original Russian name, Seldevoy, translates to "Herring Bay", as there was a significant herring population prior to rampant overfishing early in the 20th century.  Until the development of a more complete road system in Alaska, Seldovia was an important "first stop" for ships sailing from Seward, Kodiak and other points outside Cook Inlet. At one time Seldovia was home to over 2,000 residents, but today fewer than 300 persons reside year round.