Hudson, Capt. Samuel H.
Six documents in all. The Hudson letter, addressed to E.D. Kimball, Esq., recommends James R. Stray for second mate aboard the ship "Buckeye," in part: ".[he's] been in your employ on this coast five voyages.he's a temperate and hard working man., Yours respectfully, Sam'l H. Hudson. Together with the letter are four handwritten receipts for Capt. Hudson's maritime trade in Accra, signed by Henry Richers, William Johnston and John Mullen. Also present is a two-page accounting manuscript of African cargoes sold by Edward Kimball: ivory, palm oil, camwood, &c., from the Barks "Buckeye" and "Louisa." All six documents in this small archive are from March-December, 1847. Five are datelined Pram Pram and Accra. The largest is 8" x 10"; the smallest 4" x 5". // Edward D. Kimball was a noted Salem, Massachusetts maritime merchant and shipping magnate. Although the focus of his trade was with the west coast of Africa, Kimball's vessels also sailed to the East Indies, the Pacific Islands, South America, Australia, and Asia.
Nine folios with pictorial covers. "San Antonio Rose," NY, 1940 [2 folios, one with prior owner's name on cover]. "There's A Big Rock in the Road," Nashville, 1946. "Cotton Eyed Joe," Hollywood, 1947. "You Don't Care What Happens to Me," Nashville, 1945. "Smoke on the Water," Chicago, 1943 [name on cover]. "You've Got A Sweet Kind of Love," Nashville, 1947 [name on cover]. "Rose of Ol' Pawnee," Nashville, 1947. "Deep Water," Nashville, 1948.
Simmons, Roscoe Colkins
Sepiatone print on old stock, a 3/4-length studio portrait of Colonel Simmons wearing a dark suit and vest, high white collar with silk bowtie, watch chain with pendant, large ring on his left hand, holding his spectacles. Image size, 13" x 10"; overall, 17" x 14". Margins toned; dust soiling on verso. Creases seen here were exaggerated by lighting, and are barely discernible on the original. "Roscoe Conkling Simmons (born 1878 or 1881, died 1951) was an African-American orator, civic leader, journalist and politician. He was graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1899. He served as head of the Colored Division of the Speakers' Bureau of the Republican National Committee in 1920, 1924, and 1928. He was an advisor to three American presidents. He worked for the Chicago Defender from 1916 through the mid-1930s, and for the Chicago Tribune from the late 1940's until his death in 1951.The date of his birth is uncertain. Obituaries state his age in 1951 as anywhere between Simmons' own assertion that he was sixty-three and his oldest friends' statements that place his age nearer to seventy-five. A birth date of June 20,1878 in Greenview, Mississippi is listed in the earliest inventories of his papers produced by the Harvard University Archives. A passport appliction holds a 1918 certification of birth signed by his parents that state the year and place of his birth as 1881 in Macon, Mississippi." [Harvard Archives, dating this print as 1930."
Volume 1 comprises 36 pages, including 12 illustrations from photographs. It contains words and music to 15 songs, written and performed by Hank Thompson, including: Rub-A-Dub Dub; You're Walking On My Heart; When You're Lovin', You're Livin'; Cryin' In the Deep Blue Sea; Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love; and 10 more. Volume 2 comprises 40 pages, including 20 illustrations from photographs. It contains words and music to 14 Hank Thompson songs, including: Honey, Honey Bee Ball; Wake Up, Irene; Honky-Tonk Girl; A Fooler, A Faker; and 10 more. Both volumes are bound in the original pictorial wrapper, 12" x 9". Former owner's name and original price sticker on cover of No. 2. Thompson, known as The King of Western Swing, was backed by The Brazos Valley Boys to produce their honky tonk cowboy sound.