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Manuscript Letter from "Collins" of Detroit to his friend "Russel" dated April 22, 1844, with a brief description of the Great Lakes steamboat Nile: "The steamboat Nile with the Egyptian figure head and carved crocodiles, with furniture from the establish

Detroit 1844 9.5 x 7, 4 pages, (1 sheet folded in half), lined. Fold creases with a few tiny tears, light soiling, last page (blank) torn and missing a piece form the margin area, lacks wax seal else good/very good. Nice Detroit double postmarks stamped April 22 and April 23. The Nile was built by Oliver Newberry of Detroit and launched in Detroit on July 4, 1843. From newspaper accounts of the time: "She presented a great and imposing appearance as she passed up and down the river, her decks literally crowded with beauty. . . The whole city turned out on the morning of the Fourth to witness the launch of the Steamboat Nile. . . The Nile bids fair to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest boats on the lakes. . . We are informed that the Nile will not be put on the route this autumn, but go at once into winter quarters." Also in the letter written by "Collins" to his friend "Russel" (Dr. George B. Russel) are mentions of friends Dr. Ferry and Mr. Duffield, teaching Latin to Anna (Davenport, soon to be Mrs. Russel), Mrs. D (Davenport?) moving to a house on Jefferson next to the Clay cabin, how Mr. Fasquelle (Louis Fasquelle) is finished with (teaching) his French class and plans to go home. "Russel" of Detroit, was visiting family in Lancaster, PA. Scarce look at early Great Lakes / Detroit history.


Book Id: 99-1230

Price: $195.00

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