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Two Handwritten Letters from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from former Lancaster native Dr. George Black Russel to Anna (Davenport) of Detroit, one letter dated 1844, the other undated. Letters give information about his travels in Brandywine Valley, Lancaster

Lancaster 1844 Unlined stationery, 11 x 9, 4 pages each (1 sheet folded in half), last page of the 1844 letter still has red wax seal plus a date stamp of Philadelphia May 9 and an ink stamp "Sandersons Franklin House, Philadelphia," other letter lacks the wax but has a date stamp of Philadelphia Apr 23. Fold creases, toning small edge tears, light soiling, holes in the sides of both rear margins where seal has been affixed else good/very good condition. The undated letter is similar in appearance to the dated latter so most likely the year before or after that letter. Dr. Russel talks of traveling on the railroad from Lancaster to Baltimore & Washington via New York, visited Nibloo (sic) in New York, Philadelphia ('What a beautiful town!"), Brandywine Valley ("Lovely district . . . Who could resist the enchantment?"), "Lancaster County has become the garden of the world," all from the undated letter. In the other letter, he writes about a "dreadful storm" and how he and a companion, who were on horseback, ended up at a Dutch farmer's house. "Such funny people! Their language too -- a great big-noisy-bullfrog . . . I was very much interested in the domestic economy also in the fat Dutch girls. . . I like the German land." Afterward, they eventually returned to Lancaster where "In spite of rain and storm the McAdamises (sic) road was dry and smooth as a floor. . . You must pay a cent a mile for each horse at gates three miles apart." Both letters indicate that is waiting to hear from Detroit/Anna, illnesses, cities he will be traveling through, etc. Dr. Russel his Anna in Detroit on July 7, 1845. Sold as a pair.


Book Id: 99-1221

Price: $295.00

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