Americana
Ephemera-1800's
Large Graphic of Train-Receipt T S Clogston-187-
Item #: NEW-0016306

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Folds and somewhat dingy appearance but beautiful graphic of a train.  Boston.  Old Colony and ? R R written in pencil.  Fall River

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Providence & Worcester RR Graphic Receipt
Item #: NEW-0016299

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Receipt from Whitin & sons, dated 1860.  Whitin's Station. Folds and a small corner crease. 

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Selma-Rome & Dalton RR-Bill of Lading-1874
Item #: NEW-0016290

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Attractive graphics on this bill of lading from a company which later formed with other railroads, the last being the Southern Railroad Company.  Folds and can be sent in a regular first class envelope for a savings, if desired 

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Collecting Printed Ephemera-Maurice Rickards
Item #: NEW-0016264

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This book was printed in 1998 and is an excellent reference of the different categories of ephemera.  224 pages with numerous illustrations.

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Macon Georgia Early Souvenir Book
Item #: NEW-0016231

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Small  album which measures six by five inches.  It has some moisture issues which shows on the back cover and some pages.  Some separation of the pages from the binding. There are twelve pages of engravings of buildings, most pages featuring at least four buildings and homes on each page. All of the images are engravings.  See scans to see three  of  the examples. My scanner was not long enough to cover the whole pages.

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Nashville Manufacturing Company Certificate-1850
Item #: NEW-0016197

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This nice graphic certificate is on light rag paper and measures nine by seven inches.  Nice condition despite the light folds across the share in the middle and also one vertical fold.  Share owner's name is Thomas J Haugh and is signed by Ro B Castleman and James Plunkett.

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Mulberry Male & Female Institute-Principal Contract-1872
Item #: NEW-0016167

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This lot has two items that address the history of his school in Mulberry Tennessee The first item is a lengthy (three plus pages + diagrams) of things that will be done in the building of the buildings for the school.  It is signed by Alex J Whitaker, and two others whose writing I can't read.  It is dated April 16th 1869. The second item is two pages of a contract between T C Jones and C Daney. T D Jones was to be the principal. It is dated August 1, 1872.  

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Mulberry Institute-Mulberry Tn-Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0016163

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Hand delivered letter containing a request of Miss Mattie Jones to allow M N Whitaker to accompany him to church.  Dated 1877. P Himebaugh, President of Mulberry Institute.  

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1874 Invite-Picnic-Polk Edwards Lawn-Mulberry Village-Tn
Item #: NEW-0016145

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Small invitation on blue paper about a "Grand Pic-Nic" on Mr. Polk Edwards's Lawn, in the vicinity of Mulberry Village.  W R Cashion, B F Solomon, R R Whitaker and A J Renegar.

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Huntsville Advocate Newspaper Invoice-1872
Item #: NEW-0016142

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This paper was printed in Huntsville Alabama.  It was a Tri-Weekly and Weekly paper.  Payment is being made by the Mulberry Institute in Tennessee.  W B Figures was the publisher.

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Passumpsic Railroad-Shipping Journal-Vermont
Item #: NEW-0016016

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This is a very large page which measures 15 by 10 and a half inches.  The scan just shows a portion of it.  This is a record of items shipped by Passumpsic RR.  Example: "Parker & Howe 12 Books" Signed by W H Sargeant.  "1 Sewing Machine billed to Henry Webber."  Both side are full. No doubt this was torn out of a record book.  This was a steam train and there is not much on the web about it.

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Justice Hiram Warner-Ga-Law and Gospel Newspaper
Item #: NEW-0015631

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This little rag newspaper, or a portion of a newspaper, Law and Gospel, measures 9 by 12 inches and opens up to four pages of content.  It was a very long speech.  It is post civil war but I can't find a date. This was a major speech in Meriwether Georgia and evidently shortly after Warner's retirement. The subjects issued was "A careful and critical review of the political situation in the state," corruptions in Colquitt's administration, and more.  There is a portion of the front page which has some acidic staining,  otherwise normal wear.

For more information on Warner, here are two useful links.

ttp://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/hiram-warner-1802-1881

Hiram Warner was one of the original members of the Supreme Court of Georgia, eventually becoming that courts second chief justice. Warner also held office as a circuit court judge, as a representative in the Georgia General Assembly, and as a U.S. congressman.

The Supreme Court of Georgia was established in 1845 and consisted of three justices. To fill the roles, the legislature elected Joseph Henry Lumpkin, Eugenius Nesbit, and Hiram Warner. Of the three, Warner, the lone Democrat, was also the only justice with prior judicial experience. These justices overcame great odds, solidifying public opinion in favor of the court during a time when its survival was questionable.

Warner served on the court for a total of thirty-four years and authored almost 2,000 opinions, some of which still influence Georgia law. This pioneer of the Supreme Court of Georgia died in Atlanta on June 30, 1881, at the age of seventy-nine.

Also http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county/fulton/meriwether/history.htm


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Wilson County-Case of George Neal vs Wm Oakley
Item #: NEW-0015630

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This appears to be a survey of disputed land in 1880.  Legal sized paper, with content on the back.  Scan only shows a portion.  Dingy appearance on on a portion of the back side with pencil markings.  Two edge tears with a portion missing on the left edge at the first fold and tear on the right fold.  
62 poles to a dead Sugar tree-thence west-2 poles to a hickory...: Other names mentioned A D Norris, J S Warmack-W L Waters 

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1817 Reward of Merit-John James Tallmadge-School Award
Item #: NEW-0015387

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Neat little item showing that the student, "by diligence, care, and attention to spelling has become first in his class and merits the approbation of his Preceptor."  That's all I can read.

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Charterparty of Affreightment-1805 Document
Item #: NEW-0015368

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Wonderful two page document but with tears, chipping and holes as can be seen in the scan.  The document is on laid rag paper, quite thick.  This is from the Barbary War era when shipping was a dangerous occupation  After the Revolutionary War, America lost the protection of Britain and the Barbary pirates were a constant danger.   This shipping document spells out the conditions and value of the cargo as well as other things.  It is legible but difficult reading so I will only give a few examples.  

Joseph Donaldson, Senior was the commander of a ship called Olive Branch of Philadelphia and  the contract was with T English and C Holland of the city of Philadelphia.  "They will load the said vessel with flour and barley at the port of Philadelphia and receive the cargo at St. Lucar"  "British sterling, nine shillings money for each & every barrel of flour and twenty two pence of money for each and every bushel of barley."  Goes on to list all the cargo and the value.

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Description of that Fertile and Pleasant Province of Carolina
Item #: NEW-0015126

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This article, which was originally printed in 1707 was disbound from a book.  The title page is loose.  34 pages.  The complete title is "A New Description of that Fertile and Pleasant Province of Carolina: With a Brief Account of its Discovery and Settling, and the Government."  By John Archdale who was a Governor of the province.   

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Political Annals of the Province of Carolina
Item #: NEW-0015125

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This lengthy article was disbound from the book, Political Annals of the United Colonies by George Chalmers.  The last page is loose Should make interesting reading.

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Thomas Davis-Georgetown-Salt Receipt
Item #: NEW-0015121

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See scan.  We forget how precious salt was in the early days. 1872

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Blake-Ware 1852 Receipt-Furniture Dealer-Boston
Item #: NEW-0015115

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Early receipt on blue rag paper.  Rocking chair for $6.50

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Early American Receipts-Two Periodicals-Richmond
Item #: NEW-0015093

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Two receipts in this lot.  One is dated 1840 from Richmond Virginia for a subscription to the Religious Herald, dated 1840 James M Kent William Sands.

The other unrelated receipt is To Ritchie & Cook for a subscription to the Richmond Enquirer.  Subscriber was Mr C Anthony (?).  Dated 1835.  Roughly cut.




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W L Purdy Dry Goods-Williamsport Pa-Calling Card
Item #: NEW-0015079

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This little item shows a great engraved graphic of Purdy's Keystone Store.  

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1882-Dance Card-Masquerade Ball-Charleston Mo +
Item #: NEW-0015073

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Two items in this lot.  The Ball was held in Bethune's Hall.  The dances are filled out with suitors.  Note the back which was taken out of an album with some damage.  The extra item is  a dinner place card, probably from the same period.

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Stage Tickets-Southern Exposition-Louisville Kentucky
Item #: NEW-0014909

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Condition problems with this strip of  Stage tickets to the Southern Exposition in Louisville.  I think the damage was caused by water, particularly in the middle where it has bleached out and with a tear.  It is one long strip but I had to scan the front and bottom. 

from Wikipedia
The Southern Exposition was a five-year series of World's fairs held in the city of Louisville, Kentucky from 1883 to 1887 in what is now Louisville's Old Louisville neighborhood. The exposition, held for 100 days each year on 45 acres (180,000 m2) immediately south of Central Park, which is now the St. James-Belgravia Historic District, was essentially an industrial and mercantile show. At the time, the exposition was larger than any previous American exhibition with the exception of the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876. U.S. President Chester A. Arthur opened the first annual exposition on August 1, 1883.

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Philadelphia to Reynoldsburg Tn-1832 Stampless Cover
Item #: NEW-0014873

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Short business letter with some separations at the folds.  Faint cancel, paid 25 marking.  Addressed to T K Wiley.

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Andrew Marschalk-First Printer of Mississippi-Early Imprint
Item #: NEW-0014660

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This neat item is dated 1827 and is a receipt to Andrew Marschalk for advertising in the Statesman & Gazette.  Marschalk has signed at the bottom and filled out the rest of the receipt and received a payment of $ 2.00. See the engraving of a printing press.  The Natchez Gazette which was established in April 1802 consolidated with the Mississippi Statesman on February 10th,1827. The receipt is on old rag paper and measures 8 by 3 and a half inches.  There is a tear on the left hand side which extends to the letters Miss.  The other edge wear is visible in the scan. There is also two faint horizontal folds across the receipt.

THE FIRST PRINTER - ANDREW MARSCHALK
The first printing press introduced in Mississippi was put up in Warren County, in the latter part of the 1700's.  It stood in the United States fort that was situated on what became known as Fort Hill, scarcely north of Vicksburg.  This site was, at the time, on the western boundary of the United States.

The owner of this press was Andrew MARSCHALK, the "father of the typographic art in Mississippi."  Shortly before his death, Marschalk addressed a letter to to L. A. BESANCON, Esq., in which Marschalk gave a brief history of his efforts.

 Washington, Sept. 2, 1837
L. A. Besancon, Esq.:
    "Dear Sir:  The first press in Mississippi was a small mahogany one, brought by me from London, in September, 1790.  It was out of my possession for six years.  When ordered to this [then the Mississippi] territory in the year [17]97-98, I regained possession of it, and obtained a small font of type - say thirty pounds - and while at the Walnut Hills, printed a ballad, "The Galley Slave."  Great excitement was caused in Natchez by the knowledge of a press being in the country, and strong inducements were held out for me to remove to that place.  Finally, I constructed a large press, capable of printing a foolscap sheet, and printed the territorial laws.  This press was sold by me to Ben M. Stokes, and he commenced in Natchez and continued for some time in the summer of 1799, but soon failed.

About March or April, 1800, a Mr. Green from Baltimore, brought a press to Natchez.  I do not recollect the title of his paper;  it ceased while I was at the North, and the press fell into the hands of James Ferrall, who, with one Moffatt, published a paper for a short time.

I arrived from Philadelphia the last of July, 1802, and commenced the "Mississippi Herald," I think, on the 26th of July of the same year.  I cannot conveniently lay my hand on the first volume, but send you, as a specimen of the poverty of those days, a small file of 1803-'4.  I commenced on medium, but was reduced, for want of paper, to cap.

                                                                         I am yours, &c., 

                                                                                       "Andrew Marschalk"

Marschalk also printed the Acts passed at the second session of the General Assembly 1803, printed in 1804.  Those Acts were all signed by William CONNER, as Speaker of the House, John ELLIS, President of the Senate, and William C. C. CLAIBORNE, Governor.
The Acts of the first and second sessions of the General Assembly of the Territory of Mississippi were published in Natchez in 1802, by D. Moffatt & Co.

Andrew Marschalk, of Dutch extraction by both parents, was an ensign in Wayne's army during the Revolutionary War.  He entered the army during the administration of the elder President ADAMS.  Later, owing to some differences between himself and his brother officers who were stationed at Walnut Hills, he was recalled.   Preferring, however, to remain in Mississippi, he resigned.  Having been bred a printer, he removed to Washington in Adams County, then seat of the territorial government, and started a paper called the Republican.  The success of this paper was not satisfactory, and he removed to Natchez and established the Gazette, which, after undergoing many changes, became the Statesman and Gazette, about the time of the Andrew JACKSON and John ADAMS excitement, when it became the organ of the JACKSON party.

The Statesman and Gazette was edited by several aspiring young politicians of that school, the principal one of whom was John F. H. CLAIBORNE, then a law student in the office of GRIFFITH and QUITMEN.  Claiborne was later widely known as a scholar and politician.

After the election of President JACKSON, Mr. Marschalk removed back to Washington, where he was appointed Postmaster.  He established a paper there called the Tablet,  but it did not last long.  Mr. Marschalk also served as Justice of the Peace.  He continued to reside in Washington until his death, in 1837.


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1819 Gwinnett Co-Georgia-Hand Drawn Surveyor's Map
Item #: NEW-0014651

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Early rag document which is partially encapsulated to protect it from any further damage.  The encapsulation on the left edge was cut off as it was touching the edge of the document. It could be removed but I wouldn't recommend it.  If desired, it could be easily removed but cutting the rest of encapsulation.  Stains, separated at the horizontal fold and one of the vertical folds. The scans tell the story, so please study.

The Surveyor of John ? Cunningham shows a 42 acre strip of the historic Hightower Trail.  This information was taken from the following website:http://larocheusa.org/Highs.HTM

The Hightower Trail passed through the City of Dunwoody, from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, on the east to the Chattahoochee River on the northwest. It was a major pre-historic trail from the vicinity of Augusta, Georgia, to the mountains of northwest Georgia and points beyond. It crossed the river at the "shallow ford” a short distance west of the Roswell Road bridge, where people easily could walk across unless the river was in the midst of a flood. No one knows how many hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of years this path served as a major highway for the Native Americans. 

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John C McLemore-Father of Memphis-1854 Document
Item #: NEW-0014541

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The scan shows the cover sheet to a very complicated three page legal transaction involving land in Tennessee.  It was executed in California. I won't try to describe what it is about as it's too complicated.  Famous Tennessee pioneers are mentioned in the document-John Davis, George Washington Campbell, Edward D Hicks.  Joseph Grant executed the papers as he was the Commissioner of Deeds for all of the states.  I believe the seal is the seal of Tennessee.  Tears on the edge of the blue rag paper. The papers are stuck together, out of order with red seals.  The back page is heavily stained but is only the cover for the folded document.  

John Christmas McLemore was a West Tennessee speculator and rose to prominence in this capacity and with his marriage to Elizabeth Donelson, daughter of John Donelson.   Two Tennessee towns are named after him and he was one of four men who are considered the founders of Memphis.  McLemore speculated in risky ventures toward the end of his life and nearly bankrupt tried to recoup his losses in the gold rush in California.  

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Letter-Grover Cleveland's Shirts Hanging in Back Yard
Item #: NEW-0014473

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Personal letter from the daughter of Mrs. E D Hicks of Nashville on the advertising cover of W M Woolwine in Nashville.  She describes a vacation trip when she visited near Mrs. Cleveland's "whom I saw near the window. Her house is quite handsome and  Grover's shirts were hanging on the line in the back yard."

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Georgia Colonial Note-Savannah-Twenty Dollars-1778
Item #: NEW-0014450

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This is a scanned image of the front and back in a holder as I didn't want to handle it.  Small edge tears, 1/4 of an inch tear in the bottom left fold and other holes and separations at the folds.  Printed by W Lancaster in Savannah.  This involves the sale of land belonging to the Loyalists.   No paypal accepted on this item though payment plans can be arranged. 

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1844 Stampless Cover-La Fayette La-Political Content
Item #: NEW-0014438

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Three page letter which must have been hand delivered as there are no postal markings on the addressed part.  Sally is writing her sister Mary D Braden of Jefferson, Clinton County La.  She had evidently been giving the charge of young children and most of the letter is taken up with her expressing her fatigue ove rearing them.  Here is the political content:  "There is now a great stir in town about the convention.  I don't feel the lest interest in it.  I think it is wrong altogether to hurrah a president in office.  I have not seen any good result from it yet never since Old Jackson was hurrah'd in.  How do them democratic women in your village feel about it?  Have they anymore signs to display to the passing delegations? A very low act for a lady." 

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Fountain Engine Company-No 1-Bridgewater-Massachusettes
Item #: NEW-0014416

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This is a lovely acknowledgement to an "Honorary Member" of the a fire engine company in Bridgewater for a payment of one dollar in full of annual assessment.  Great graphic of a perior fire engine. I believe it is 1852 but am having difficulty reading the script, including the name of the person. Made on light rag paper and measures 8 by 4 inches.  

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Lawrenceburgh & Indianapolis Railroad Company Stock-1840's
Item #: NEW-0014400

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Rag paper item which I was told was from 1840.  The only examples I could find on the web were in archives although a small cache was found recently. The graphics are wonderful, there is some acidic staining which is much heavier on the scan but still unsightly.  Could be bleached out by a paper restorer or someone who knows what they are doing.  The stock share measures 8 by 10 inches. 

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1837 Stampless Cover-Nashville-William Campbell
Item #: NEW-0014145

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personal content on this letter addressed to John M Campbell in Jackson Tennessee. The page that has no content other than the addressed part in ragged, stained, and with holes where the seal was broken.  Letter is signed William Campbell

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1844 Stampless Cover-Columbia Tennessee (Maury City)
Item #: NEW-0013964

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Two page letter written to Mrs James Davidson (Mother) from Mary M Davidson, her daughter (in-law).  Cancel is from Columbia Tennessee. The mother lived in Roseville, "Bedford City" Paid 12 which seems kind of high.  

Mary is informing "Mother" that Mr. Davidson has been intending to visit her if he can get a horse to ride..  She speaks of going to Columbia and if so "we will take borders until we can do better."  "It is very uncertain what we will do, as John L Smith has filed another bill against Mr. D."  More personal news.  Please view the scan to see the condition.  There is on long tear at the fold.

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1873 Stampless Cover-Military Content-Request for Discharge
Item #: NEW-0013962

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This cover is addressed to Col Ephraim Wilcoxon regarding a Lieut Blackman who hds applied for discharge.  The letter was written by Matt Nicoll and the cover was cancelled in New York.  Request that the discharge be delivered to him and that he need to provide a written request and reasons for his request.  "He ought also to pay the postage."

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Pattonsburg Virginia-1847 Stampless Cover
Item #: NEW-0013894

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Three page letter from Sarah to Mr. John E Harris in Oak Forest Cumberland County Virginia.  Pattonsburg cancel, Paid 5. 

 The letter is quite legible though with some condition problems as can be seen in the scans. Here is some of the more interesting content:  "I rise every morning at 5 o'clock and sometimes before but we have two such lazy (?) boarders they are never ready we have another spry young beau boarding with us his name is Inayo (?) and he says he is related to the mayor of Powhatan he is a doctor and quite a spry chap  he is very fond of playing cards and we have some fun playing." She mentions "Mr Judsons school." that James went to.  "  Further, she writes ..."the population of our town is increasing rapidly since we received news of the extension of the canal there has been two new stores opened in the last two weeks one of the merchants is a Mr. Staples from Scottsville and is quite a spry little fellow he called to see us last Sunday there was a large ball given at the Natural Bridge last night but we are not in the habit of attending public balls

See all the scans to view the condition of this letter.  Pattonsburg was one of the earliest towns in Virginia and like most early settlements has a rich history. Here are a couple of the links on the web:

http://home.ntelos.net/~nthorn/history.pdf

http://www.vahistoryexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Southwest-VA.pdf


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Mississippi Central Railroad Company Receipt-1865
Item #: NEW-0013670

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This receipt is post war and a way bill, date Nov 7, 1865.  Blue rag paper which measures 6 by 7 and a half inches. Stain and general wear.  Evidently paper was still scarce as this has something on the back which is not relevant.  

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Notice-Chattooga County School Board-1892 Notice
Item #: NEW-0013437

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This is a little flyer which measures nine and a half by six inches.  Good condition other than the folds.  Title is " New England Books-Tried and rejected in Chattooga County! Not acceptable to the people, and not suited to the Schools of Georgia."  The upshot is that they were condemning Ginn Books and restoring books previously in use. The only thing that I could find about the Ginn books which were considered excellent as the founder was strongly involved in the World Peace movement. I would love to know the full story on this.  The notice as issued in Summerville Ga in 1892.  

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East Tennessee-Georgia RR Receipt
Item #: NEW-0013078

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This is on rag paper and measures eight by four and a half inches.  Nice graphic of a rail road.  Made by Post Print in Athens Tennessee.   Small tear at bottom edge.

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Program-Knights of Templar-Lebanon Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0013047

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This program measures 7 by 4 and a half inches.  Made for the Baldwin Commandery in Lebanon Tennessee.  Undated but I feel sure it was in the late 1800's.  Small edge tear where I believe a ribbon was.  Large crease at the mid edge.  Grand Commandery of Tennessee, Knights Templar by Baldwin Commandery, No 7.  Names on program are G R Gwynn, S R Williams, J I D Hinds, H M Cartmell, J M Fakes, J M Anderson, Robert Cantrell, N W McConnell, George H Morgan, R P McClain, A W Vick.  Printed by Herald Printery, Lebanon. 

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The Rough Hewer Newspaper- Democratic Principles
Item #: NEW-0012982

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Complete rag paper with eight pages.  Although the paper supported Martin Van Buren for President there are no articles related to him.  It is devoted to other issues like State Debt and Abuses of the Banking System.  Some wear but complete.

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Central Railroad-Banking Co- Ga-1880 Stock Certificate
Item #: NEW-0012967

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This little certificate measures 9 by 5 1/2 inches.  Made on thin rag paper which has some creasing, an edge tear and pinholes on top left hand corner. There is also some cancel cuts and a bleed through from the back from the inked names. Made out to Mrs. Alice Wood and signed by T M Cunningham and William Wadley.  

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W F Newsom-Helena Ark-Funeral Notice
Item #: NEW-0012926

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Nice graphics on this little invitation for the funeral of a prominent man in Helena Arkansas.  Folds and a stain.

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John C McLemore-Memphis Founder-1825 Land Indenture
Item #: NEW-0012620

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Extensive description of the land being sold by McLemore in Davidson County Tennessee. "land being part of thpe ground known and designated as College Court ?-Beginning at a stone in Randall McGavock's line-the south west corner of the lot and so on.  The land was deeded to John P Clark.  Legal sized rag paper  Here is some information of McLemore.

Although he is seldom mentioned as one of the original founders, John C. McLemore, like Marcus Winchester was to play as large or larger a part in the founding of Memphis than the famous trio of Overton, Jackson and James Winchester.  He was the only one of the original four owners to live in Memphis.

John Christmas McLemore was born in Orange County, North Carolina.   He moved to Nashville at age 16 to train as a surveyor.  At the age of 21 he was appointed surveyor general of the military district by the Tennessee state legislature.  This was due in large part to the fact that the former holder of that position was his uncle, William Christmas.  McLemore married  a niece of Rachel Jackson, Elizabeth Donnelson.  When Jackson ran for president he traded his remaining share of Memphis, some 625 acres to John McLemore in exchange for a tract of land in Madison County.

In 1828 McLemore was a signer of the deed that gave public access to the river front.  Public lands included in this deed included Court Square, Auction Square (for the auctioning of slaves), Market Square and the riverfront promenade.  As sells continued at a sluggish pace the partnership was disbanded the following year with McLemore receiving 23 lots.  

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John C McLemore-Founder of Memphis-1833 Land Deed
Item #: NEW-0012613

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This early rag paper land indenture in Davidson County (Nashville) has some condition problems, most of which can be seen in the scan.  Measures 16 and a half by 13 inches.  McLemore was one of the early founders of Memphis and the following history was found on memphishistory.com web site.

Although he is seldom mentioned as one of the original founders, John C. McLemore, like Marcus Winchester was to play as large or larger a part in the founding of Memphis than the famous trio of Overton, Jackson and James Winchester.  He was the only one of the original four owners to live in Memphis.

John Christmas McLemore was born in Orange County, North Carolina.   He moved to Nashville at age 16 to train as a surveyor.  At the age of 21 he was appointed surveyor general of the military district by the Tennessee state legislature.  This was due in large part to the fact that the former holder of that position was his uncle, William Christmas.  McLemore married  a niece of Rachel Jackson, Elizabeth Donelson.  When Jackson ran for president he traded his remaining share of Memphis, some 625 acres to John McLemore in exchange for a tract of land in Madison County.

In 1828 McLemore was a signer of the deed that gave public access to the river front.  Public lands included in this deed included Court Square, Auction Square (for the auctioning of slaves), Market Square and the riverfront promenade.  As sells continued at a sluggish pace the partnership was disbanded the following year with McLemore receiving 23 lots.  At one point McLemore owned 995 acres on the lower bluff.  He participated in the Fort Pickering venture as did John Overton.  This was a rival town south of Memphis.
 
Although McLemore became quite wealthy he lost much of his wealth on the failed Memphis and LaGrange railroad that was chartered in 1834.  The project was a dramatic failure that left his finances reeling.  A financial panic in 1837 further reduced his holdings.  In an attempt to build another fortune McLemore joined the gold rush in 1849.  He remained in California some 12 years, returning to Memphis before his death in 1864.  During the last years of his life he lived with his daughter, Elizabeth Walker, on Walker Avenue south of Lauderdale. 
 
McLemore is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.  He is the only one of the founders to be buried in Memphis. 

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Land Document Davidson County Tn 1852
Item #: NEW-0012446

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Large document measuring sixteen by twelve inches, shown in two scans.  Rag paper, excellent condition except for one small separation at one of the middle folds.  William D Phillips and James P Clark.

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Medical Department-1897 Catalog-UT-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0012441

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Early catalog which measures eight and a half by five and a half inches.  The covers are somewhat dingy although I was able to remove most from the front cover but there are some areas on the interior which needs to be cleaned up   There is an engraving on the first page of the building and one on the last page of the New City Hospital.   See bite out of the back cover in the second scan.  The catalog also list some of the graduating class and members of the other classes.  Found in the papers relating to Dr. Paul Eve. 

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Meriwether County Ga Vindicator 1882 Newspaper-Circus Ads
Item #: NEW-0012211

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This is a large format rag paper which opens up so that there are four pages of content.  Great full page ads and circus graphics  for Miles Orton's New Mastodon Shows coming to this very small town. Faint print along with stains at the top. There is also crumpling near the folds and other minor wear. The paper was printed in Greenville Georgia. There seems to be more ads than news in the paper.  There is even another ad for another Circus coming to LaGrange Ga-the Forepaugh Show.  Two great graphics of two of the acts.  

Here is some information on Mile's Orton's show. 
 
Sam K. Tribbey & Co.'s New Mastodon Dime Circus and Menagerie 

Sam K. Tribbey & Co.'s New Mastodon Dime Circus and Menagerie opened their season May 4, at Hamilton, O., playing there the balance of that week, and opening at Richmond, Ind., 20, for one week. The following is the roster: Sam K. Tribbey & Co., proprietors; Miles Orton, general-manager; W. O. Beogel, treasurer; Al. D. Higgins, equestrian-director and press-agent; Prof. W. Vance, musical-director, Chas. Ellis, contracting-agent; Jack Fitzgerald, master of canvas, with eight men; Gus Dicks, in charge of ring stock, with three men; A. Newman, chandeliers; Will Allen, master of properties. Performers — The Orton Family, six in number, headed by Miles Orton, bareback-rider, and his two infant wonders, Norman and Gordon; Claude Orton, Master Albert Orton, Little Allie and Bernard Orton, Hicks Bros,, Apple and West, F. Seymour, E. H. Dooley, Conners and Bradley, Andy Spear, Walter Freds, Mattie Spear, McDonald Sisters — Lou and Gussie — the performing elephant Lizzie, and the riding-dog Hector. The show has eight dens of animals, giant elk and one elephant. It travels by rail, making week-stands, using a 110 ft. canvas, with two 30 ft. middle pieces, and 60 ft. menagerie. New York Clipper, May 22, 1886. 


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Samuel Seay-Nashville-1848 Shipping Invoice
Item #: NEW-0012178

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This is the earliest merchant receipt that I have ever had from my home town.  April 1, 1848 "Rec'd from Samuel Seay & Son, in good order and condition, the Packages of Merchandise marked and specified in the Margin, which I engaged to deliver in the like good order, without delay, unto Ewing & Beirne at Huntsville paying carriage on the same at one dollar per 100 lbs.  Signed A Campbell.  "
The goods were shipped to Ewing & Beime-one box containing 1 stone, 645 lbs.  Evidently from the little graphic it was carried by horses and wagon.  More writing on the back. Rag paper with several tears at the right edge.  Some foxing. Here is some information on Samuel Seay found of the web and taken from the History of Davidson County

At different times he was engaged in the manufacture of gunpowder, soaps, oils, candles and rope, but he was best known as a wholesale grocer and commission merchant.  During his business career of forty years he was perhaps the most widely known of any merchant in Tennessee.  Among his associates in business were Joseph T. Elliston, Gen.Robert Armstrong, and Joseph H. Shepherd.

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1836 Receipt-Frankfort Kentucky
Item #: NEW-0012176

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Early imprint from Kentucky.  I'm not sure I have these names right-Radford Maxey, Jonathan Newman but one must have been very well off as he paid five hundred and thirty dollars in revenue tax. Rag paper measures around seven and a half inches by four plus inches.  

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