GROUP OF SIX (6) HANDWRITTEN LEGAL DOCUMENTS, DATED 1818-1843, FROM THE FAMILY OF BLACKSMITH ISAAC BRIGGS OF PLAINFIELD AND VOLUNTOWN, CONNECTICUTConnecticut / Briggs, Isaac & Family This group contains: four deeds, one letter, and a large ledger sheet listing dozens of goods and their prices. Briggs family members named include Isaac, Asher, Daniel, and Cynthia, along with Henry Dow, Joseph Starkweather, and others. Voluntown in New London, CT, had a 2010 population of 2,603. It was part of Windham County form 1776 to 1881. The town was named for the English volunteers in the 1675 Indian Wars who "went not away" and stayed to fight.
GROUP OF NINETEEN (19) LETTERS FROM GORDON TO EDWARD D. KIMBALL AND A FEW OTHERS, DATED 28 JANUARY 1862 TO 21 AUGUST 1862, INCLUDING THREE LETTERS WRITTEN TO GORDON, PLUS THREE (3) RECEIPTSGordon, O.H. The letters from Gordon are datelined New York. The receipts cover an Oregon War Loan, a deposit slip for Phenix Bank, NYC, and a quarterly statement of Kimball's account Gordon. Partial contents of the letters include: The Burnside Expedition; price and availabilty of Java Coffee; Chinese shipping; financial matters, stocks and bonds; Civil War news from the South and from the West; sleighing in Salem and Concord; $5,000 Oregon War Loan; US Government sending vessels south to Richmond "without delay"; &c.
THE DAYSPRING” — GROUP OF FOUR (4) ISSUES: VOL. I, NO. 4; VOL. II, NO. 1; VOL. II, NO. 2; VOL. 2, NO. 7. APRIL, 1842-JULY, 1843 passimAmerican Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions Articles in these issues include: Choctaw Indians; African Civilization and Manufactures; Female Seminary at Wailuku, Sandwich Islands; A Tamul Girl's Account of Her Conversion; North American Indians; A New Theory on the Origin of White and Black Men; Horrid Cannibalism; Mission Seminary--Ceylon; The British at the Sandwich Islands; An Ojibwa Missionary; The Thugs of India; &c. Each issue contains four pages, measures 16.5" x 11", and each issue contains an engraved view.
HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF 1899, WRITTEN MOSTLY IN A WOMAN’S HAND, FROM HOME IN PENOBSCOT, MAINE TO A WINTER AT ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDACondon, Samuel Brainard & Family Leather-bound, pocket diary with neat and readable entries in ink throughout, preceded by the usual almanac-style data. A section at the rear records some family expenses, birth dates, etc. At the front of the diary are some notes penned by son Guy in 1903, listing his weight as 75 pounds and his proud ownership of a Columbia bicycle. The Condons own a dry goods store in Penobscot, Maine, selling mostly fabrics, buttons, yarns, hats, &c. Samuel (1876-1965) is married to Grace Allen Condon (1875-1979), apparently the main keeper of this diary. Her branch of the family are farmers who work the land on several "lots" as well as keeping poultry, a few cows, pigs, and a horse named Prince. The diary opens in January. with the female writer traveling with "Carl" to Boston, then to Washington, before finally arriving at Altamonte [Springs] in Seminole County, Florida, where a "car met us and took us to the cottage. Built fire in fireplace.We settle down for the winter." Carl fishes and swims, visits Lake Jessup, Orlando and Palm Springs, goes to a "cakewalk dance", etc. Our diarist goes for walks, receives and answers letters from the "folks in Penobscot", including "B. and Grace" and Guy, works on various baking and sewing projects, and at one point goes for a ride to Palm Beach and Sulphur Springs with Mrs. Nolan. In late January, she notes that "fires are set in all the groves. Change from 81 [degrees] to 28 in a few hours.trees all frozen, flowers all gone." // On March 7, she takes a month-long trip home to Maine, stopping to visit friends in Washington, NY and the Boston area. She arrives at Buckport on April 1, and next day "the girls called in at night to see me Mary, Grace and Sue C." The store is immediately a focus of everyone's time, with Brament (?) and Grace helping with "opening and marking goods", "the boys around the store working in the mills", etc. Other workers at the store and on the farm include Brainard (SBC) himself, Carl, Blanchard, Nod, and Blanche, the latter doing everything from washing floors to setting hens to planting the crops and vegetable garden. Crops include potatoes, beans, squash, corn and strawberries, while the garden supplies cucumbers, celery, asparagus and tomatoes and peas as well as flowers. There is much haying work to do in the fall, and temporary day laborers are periodically hired for the farm work. The menfolk also do a lot of fishing (or "trouting"), and in the fall, go "gunning", at one point shooting 40 rabbits in one afternoon. One day in December they "got about 35 loads of firewood chopped-[and]want 20 more." The family's entertainment includes the woman writer's trip to visit friends in Boston and Quincy and Plymouth in Oct., her trip with Guy to Brookline in July, a trip to "the fair" in September a town "Field Day" in August, "the young folks getting up a play", "a visit to Charles Perkins's house to hear Mr. LaMarsh", and attendance at a December "Graphaphone entertainment up at the Hall.-proceeds $9.25." They also go to church fairly regularly, noting who did the preaching. The diary notes local events such as an outbreak of German measles, accidents and deaths, and in November, the famously fierce heavyweight battle between boxers Jim Jeffries and Tom Sharkey.
ARCHIVE: HANDWRITTEN LETTER, SIGNED, FROM PRAM PRAM [ACCRA, GHANA], ALONG WITH FIVE (5) OTHER HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS WRITTEN ca. 1857 FROM COASTAL AFRICAHudson, 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.
GROUP OF NINE (9) HANDWRITTEN DIARIES, 1876-1913. SHOWING HOW A WIDOW MANAGES ON HER OWN BY SEWING, RUNNING BOARDING HOUSES, RAISING POULTRY, &C. FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND ON TO POMONA AND PASADENA, CALIFORNIAFall, Annie M (Hayes, 1845-1919 These 9 diaries, written by Annie M. Hayes Fall, document how a widow manages on her own with her son and daughter, moving from a farm in Farmington, NH to homes in Pomona and then Pasadena CA.Her sources of income include renting rooms to boarders, raising and selling poultry, and at one point selling 700 pounds of prunes, but sewing is also a constant force in the diaries, as she details the work she does either for herself and her family or for neighbors. Her son lives with her throughout the diaries and as a teacher, he must also contribute to the household expenses. She is also careful in recording the many afternoon, evening, and even longer visits or calls made to her and her own frequent calls on friends. In addition to personal details, the diaries offer a window onto daily life in early 20th-century California, mentioning major sand storms and flooding problems, which in 1912 are severe enough for her to take her chickens into the house several times in March and April. The diaries also document such events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, sightings of Halley's Comet, a trip to see the 1280-pound "big cheese", and a 1910 trip to Long Beach to "see the Flying Machines." There are also details on three cross-country (California to Boston and back) train trips. National events are also mentioned, including a vist to L.A. by Pres. McKinley, a local speech given by (presumably Robert) LaFollette, and Annie and Henry casting votes for Roosevelt in 1912. // Annie was educated at Wolfboro Academy in the 1850s, about 20 miles from her home in Farmington, NH. Her older sister Phebe Fall (later Cate), 1837-1917, also plays a role in the diaries, and an article about the two Hayes sisters' dressmaking skills examines the surviving examples of it, which are currently in the Riverside Metropolitan Museum at University of CA, Riverside. (See "Clothes Make the Woman; Women Make the Clothes" by Nicole DeSilva and Molly McGarry, UCR Undergraduate Research Journal, June, 2014.) // Phebe married John Cate, a Union soldier, in the early 1860s, moved to Wakefield, MA, near Boston, and there her husband opened a fabric store in 1870. Annie, meanwhile, remained in Farmington, married local resident Orrin Tenny Fall, and had two children, Henry Clinton Fall and Kate Fall (later Mrs. Carl Richmond). Henry (1862-1939) was a high school teacher of physics and math in Chicago, then later in Pomona and Pasadena, CA. His passion, however, was beetles, and he became the first California resident to make a significant study of the state's unique insects. As a coleopterist, his collection was one of the world's largest in private hands, numbering abut 250,000 specimens and inspirng generations of other scientists. There are relatively frequent diary entries noting Henry's trips to entomological conferences and reporting on the visitors who came to the houses where he lived with Annie to view his collection. // The diaries vary in size from 5" x 3" to 4" x 2 1/2", and all are bound wallet-stye. The first 30-50 pages are printed almanac-type material, followed by dated pages with spaces for two or three entries/page. The bindings are flexible leather or cloth in various colors, and all are written in Annie's legible hand in pencil. Some are only about a third full, others are almost completely used. The volumes have pages at the rear for accounts, addresses, etc., and many of them do list addresses of Annie's friends and some have a few financial notes. Some have gilt or marbled edges. If you require more detail, we can furnish diary-by-diary summaries of content.
HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO N&WW BILLINGS REGARDING CRUDE WHALE OIL, &C., DATED AT NEW BEDFORD, 1st. mo. 18, 1828Russell, Seth & Sons One page, quarto, integral address leaf. 13 lines written legibly in ink. In part: ". Your favor of the 8th was duly rec'd. & in reply would observe that Crude Sperm Oil we think might be bought for 65 Cts. per Gall'n in about two weeks from this time. Jn A Perker has lately bo't some for Judd at 67c. The Owners of the last Ship's Cargo are settling for their crews shares at 65c as it respects the Hoops & Oars sent you shall be duly investigated." Signed, Seth Russell & Sons. Docketed and New Bedford postal stamp on verso. [N&WW Billings Company "was established in 1823 and ceased operations in 1851. During this period the company managed at least twelve whaling vessels which, by the end of business, had made it one of the most successful whaling agencies in New London.In addition, the company operated a soap and candle making business that used oil and spermaceti, etc. taken by their whale ships" (from Mystic Seaport records)].
Gilman & Ripley One page, quarto, integral address leaf. 18 lines written legibly in ink. In part: ". Your favor with Eight Casks Oil is received, only two of which were invoiced.dft. for $1000 at 90 days from Jan'y 25 has been presented & accepted, the balance of $1400, you are at liberty to draw." Signed, Gilman & Ripley. "P.S. Would you like to take an interest in a packet to Phil'a to run regularly?." Signed, G&R. Docketed and Norwich postal stamp on verso. [N&WW Billings Company "was established in 1823 and ceased operations in 1851. During this period the company managed at least twelve whaling vessels which, by the end of business, had made it one of the most successful whaling agencies in New London.In addition, the company operated a soap and candle making business that used oil and spermaceti, etc. taken by their whale ships" (from Mystic Seaport records)].
Bradlee, Josiah & Co One page, quarto, 12 lines written legibly in ink. In part: ".Annexed you have a Bill of 40 Barrels No. 1 Beef, ship'd by the Sloop Jasper, Isaac Scudder, Master, amount $345 to your debit on six months." Signed, Joseph Bradlee & Co. Docketed and postal stamp on verso. [N&WW Billings Company "was established in 1823 and ceased operations in 1851. During this period the company managed at least twelve whaling vessels which, by the end of business, had made it one of the most successful whaling agencies in New London.In addition, the company operated a soap and candle making business that used oil and spermaceti, etc. taken by their whale ships" (from Mystic Seaport records)].
FIVE (5) YEARS OF HANDWRITTEN, DEPRESSION-ERA DIARIES (1928-1932) IN ONE VOLUME, KEPT BY THIS WOMAN OF NORTH ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTSThe 1,732 entries in this group are clearly and neatly written in pencil within a five-year diary bound in flexible red leather. Entries begin on 22 March, 1928, and end on 31 December 1932. Mrs. Whittier [1887-1970] lives in a large 19th-century farmhouse with barn at 933 Great Pond Road, Essex County, North Andover, Massachusetts), with her husband Fred and daughter Ruth, who turns 2 in July, 1928. Edith is one of at least 9 children parented by British-born William and Charlotte Knowles. This five-year diary documents her very active community life and family life during the years just preceding the Great Depression and during the first years of that economic calamity. National and local events both play roles in her entries throughout the diaries. Edith's life, ironically, does not seem to be much affected by her times although she is aware of events. She is often engaged in projects including quilt-making, hooking rugs, general sewing, and even embroidery, sometimes in company of other women. The family regularly attends Grange meetings, and Edith notes when Fred performs "haying" chores. Fred, Edith and other family members are able to go on frequent overnight, three-night, and even week-long vacation trips. Husband Fred owns both a car and a truck. The family grows plentiful vegetables and berries (enough to keep Edith and other family women canning and preserving strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, beans, corn, and tomatoes for days on end), They also raise turkeys and chickens. Edith notes poultry hatchings, 12 hen deaths caused by a mink, etc. ~ Her days are very full with details of local life, including weddings, funerals, illnesses (including a flu epidemic in 1929 and another dangerous period in June, 1930), car accidents, a local suicide, widespread fires (spring, 1930), a local boy being held up and shot at by a passing motorist (April, 1929), and even the murder of a woman by a high school boy (March, 1931). Included are special local events such as: the June, 1929, opening of the Aviation Field, complete with parachute drops; the 1930 flight of 87 Army planes over the city of Lawrence; various Fairs (particularly the annual Topsfield one), the Boston Flower Show, and parades; a sighting of the "LA dirigible overhead" (1929); &c. Edith went to Springfield in March, 1929 and "saw the talking movies for the first time." After that, she mentions seeing "Rio Rita," "Gold Diggers." etc. and goes to the movies fairly often. Depression-related topics include a "run on banks today. L[awrence] Trust Co. closed" (Dec. 15, 1931), and Edith's May, 1932 "memoranda" entry: "Cost of living very cheap in these days of Depression. Can buy a dress for 50 cts or $1. Lard 5 cts.butter and eggs quite cheap." ~ On the national scene, Edith notes elections and their run-ups, starting in November, 1929 when "everyone [is] anxious about Election." and November 6th is "quite an exciting day. Folk went to the Grange.listened in for returns.Hoover elected." October, 1930, she notes, was "a great time for political rallies, etc. Country stirred over the 18th Amendment." In November, 1932, she writes: "Election Day. Everybody anxious for the outcome.Roosevelt has highest votes." She also writes several entries in March, 1932, concerning the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby. ~ Edith's own life is occupied with running her household, visiting friends and siblings, and mothering Ruth. She also gives regular piano lessons-sometimes as many as 5 a day-to local children, and presents periodic recitals by students. She plays the organ and piano at church and at Grange functions, including full-scale "operettas" (though for one of these productions she "sings behind the stage"). In November, 1932, she becomes the official organist for the North Church. Card-playing is another integral part of Edith's life. She and Fred and her various friends and siblings often meet for an evening of bridge, whist, "Russian Bank", "63". They are members of a Bridge Club that takes day trips as well as playing the game. Other nearby Granges -Bedford, Pomona, Bradford, West Newbury, as well as the local one-are sources of entertainment, presenting shows, dinners, and concerts along with regular meetings. The Whittiers are also members of the Junior Order (Fred), the Charitable Society and its sewing circle (Edith), various "Degrees (1st, 2nd, etc.-Grange-related), the Men's Club, etc. They spend a lot of time going for "rides" and to various beaches, including Plum Island, where they rent a cottage for a week, as well as Marblehead, Salisbury, etc. Edith also "goes shopping" regularly in Boston, Springfield, Lawrence, and other towns. The Great Depression does not seem to have stopped the purchase of silk underwear, dresses-and a new car for Fred in October, 1931. ~ The Whittiers seem to live a communal life, spending almost every day and night with friends or family members, even vacationing in packs of up to 10. Relatives include Dad, mother (not mentioned often-Edith's mother-in-law?), Aunt Mattie and Aunt Angie (who dies in 1932), brothers George (Sadie), John (Blanch), sisters Clara and Annie Bell (Roy), and more. Angie and Harlow are the couple they're closest to, while Sid and Adah are frequent bridge partners, and several other people (including three named Grace) are also regularly mentioned. Towns they frequent for shopping, meetings, church gatherings, Grange events, etc., include Lawrence, Andover, West Bedford, Boxford, Lowell, Springfield, Salem, Haverhill, and Bradford. Their family vacations often involve cabins in the mountains (mostly New Hampshire) as well as the seashore. ~ By mid-1932, Edith's chipper mood seems to flag, perhaps as the Depression wears on. Despite several short vacations taken that summer, she finds herself "unhappy all day.Just misunderstood" (August 28). The next day, she has "terrible heart-ache and tired mentally and physically." While she mentions fam
GROUP OF NINE (9) FOLIOS OF SHEET MUSIC CONTAINING WORDS & MUSIC TO SONGS RECORDED BY BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYSWills, Bob 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."
Jordan Full-color road map with place names in English and Jordanian Arabic. Compiled and drawn in 1969 by the Dept. of Lands and Surveys of Jordan. Includes Israel and part of Syria. Location of sites in English and Arabic. Sites of antiquities are marked in red. Original folds, now rolled, opens to 30" x 24". The gray portion of the images is a shadow, not integral to the map.
Lewis, Jim 50 pages; one illustration from photograph. Contains words and music to 20 songs performed by Texas Jim, including: When the Robins Sing in Texas; Saddles in the Sky; Buckaroo at Eighty-two; Fiddlin' Fool of the Prairie; Out Arizona Way; and 15 more. In the original pictorial covers, 12.25" x 9". Light spotting at top of cover.
Thompson, Hank 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.
Martin, Dude pp: 31, (30; three illustrations from photographs. Contains a page of autobiography, along with words and music to 20 songs, five of them written or co-written by Duke Martin. Titles include: Old Worn Out Saddle; Yodel Mountain; Why Cowboys Sing; Yodeling Memories; Night Herder's Lullaby; Mockin' Bird Yodel; and 14 more. In the original pictorial covers, 12" x 9". Faint stain at bottom of back cover. "Dude" Martin, born John Steven McSwain in California in 1915, began his career in high school as leader of The Nevada Nite Herders. By 1939, his western-swing band had grown to 10 members, renamed Dude Martin's Roundup Gang. Martin is a member of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Louisiana, New Orleans Eight (8) divided-back postcards (3.5" x 5.5") with Sarrazin's pen-and-ink views on the rectos and descriptive captions on the versos. Unused, in the original illustrated envelope. The New Orleans views are: Patio Royal, Pirates Alley, Claiborne Courtyard, Little Theatre Courtyard, "Lacy Balcony," Spanish Arms Patio, Brulatour Courtyard, St. Louis Cathedral.facing Place d'Armes.