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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 10, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House

1-1/2 folio pgs letter, approx. 7-1/4" x 11-1/2", dated at Thomaston, Maine, Jan. 1, 1830 , to Capt. Israel Snow of the Schooner "Maria", at New York City, from his mother, Susannah Peirce (she had married ship captain Robert Snow in 1789, but he died in Barbados in 1803, and she remarried a Mr. Peirce, thus the different last name from her son).

Folded letter has "Thomaston" manuscript postmark, and manuscript "25", and is addressed to "Capt. Israel Snow, New York, Sch'r Maria. To care D.B. Keeler".

The addressee, Israel Snow, was born in South Thomaston, Me. in 1801, and died at Rockland, Me. in 1875.

Great content. Capt. Snow's mother writes that they are "heartily glad" that he will discharge a member of the crew of his ship, describing him as a "poor creature"; She gives the latest on Capt. Snow's small children, her own poor health, and more.

Includes (spelling corrected):

"My Dear Son, after wishing you a happy New Year, I would state the letter was found which we supposed was lost...We are heartily glad you will discharge Patterson; thought you would have trouble with him. He is a poor creature.

The children are well and hearty, and Lavinia says I want to see my Pa. Israel Larkin is a stout, strong boy, can take hold of chair and lift it up, and is as good natured as he
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