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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.

canton-connecticut-manuscript-stampless-folded-letter CANTON CONNECTICUT 1840 MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER

Note from N. Dyer to J.J. Moore & Co., informing them that he has spent the money he owes them elsewhere.  However, he will pay interest on the balance and send them $100 a month "which will be a little better than nothing".  Strong manuscript mark with manuscript 5 rate. 

stratford-connecticut-1848-manuscript-stampless-folded-letter STRATFORD CONNECTICUT 1848 MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER

Strong manuscript May 9 postmark along with manuscript Paid and 5.  Sent to Robert Schmylis, New York City by Hamilton Burton New Haven Railroad Agent.

stratford-connecticut-1842-manuscript-stampless-folded-letter STRATFORD CONNECTICUT 1942 MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER

Very clean stampless folded letter.  No content. Addressed to P.C. Herrick, New Haven town clerk.  Sent by Rev. James Linsley. The Rev. James Harvey Linsley was an ordained Baptist Church minister serving Stratford. He opened a mission at the lower wharf wholly at his own expense.


Historic address on this cover.  It is addressed to Miss Harriette A. Melvin. A resident of Chester, NH, she attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1854-6. Attractive cover with full Hanover postmark and full PAID 3 mark in a circle. Mary Lyon, is considered by many scholars to be an innovator in the area of women's education. Her establishment of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was part of a larger movement to create institutions of higher education for young women during the early half of the 19th century. From its founding in 1837, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary "had no religious affiliation". Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was the sister school to Andover Seminary. Some Andover graduates looked to marry students from the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before becoming missionaries because the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) required its missionaries to be married before starting their missions. By 1859 there were more than 60 missionary alumnae; by 1887 the school's alumnae comprised one-fifth of all female American missionaries for the ABCFM; and by the end of the century, 248 of its alumnae had entered the mission field.


Bufords Bridge South Carolina 1848 manuscript postmark stampless folded letter to Franklin New Hampshire BUFORD'S BRIDGE SOUTH CAROLINA 1848 MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO FRANKLIN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Addressed to Mr. Joseph Scribner, the three-page letter is from his brother lamenting the passing of their father and that the writer was unable to return home before the parent passed.  In the letter, he describes his travels and teaching positions he has held, including a lucrative position at the private school of a planter. "During these three years, I paid my expenses, purchased about $200 worth of books for my private library, and put out $400 at interest." He was also employed at the Academy of Buford's Bridge "and shall clear about $500".  He loves the South and plans to spend the rest of his days there. He does intend to visit New England but "After so long a residence in a more genial clime, my constitution would hardly bear the bleak winds that flow from the snowy mountains and ice bound coast of New England. Well written and easy reading.  Letter shows some wear and it appears a small portion at the bottom of page three has been clipped off.