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Seven Page Letter dated 1897 from a Detroit area man who was staying with his family at the Royal Hotel, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, all on hotel letterhead [Gen. Darius B. Warner]

St. John July 1897 8 x 5, written on one side only. Fold creases, light creasing and soiling else good. Correspondence is addressed to "My Dear Father" from Harry; the father is Dr. George B. Russel; Harry is his son Henry (Harry) Russel, both of Detroit. Harry writes that he was greeted at his hotel by the retired US consul general at New Brunswick, General Darius Bingham Warner (only identified by Harry as "Gen’l Warner") and spent two hours with him, General Warner saying that Harry’s father saved his life and gave him an invitation to take tea at his house. The next day when General Warner comes to pick him up Harry pens about the General: "seems to be one of the popular men of the town." Ohio native General Darius Bingham Warner led the 113th Ohio infantry at the Battle of Chickamauga, lost his arm at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and mustered out in 1865. In 1866 he was appointed the US Consul General at New Brunswick, a post he held until 1885; he remained in his beloved New Brunswick until his death in 1917. As for St. John, Harry writes: "This is a large handsome town, much more so than Halifax. The warships in the harbour and the military atmosphere ashore give a tone to Halifax, but the fine scenery here and the wondrous change of tides in the Bay of Fundy are more interesting . . . the railroad men here have been polite and made our trip inexpensive" (back home Harry was the general counsel for Michigan Central Railroad). During a side trip to Dalhousie they stayed at "a good hotel directly on the Bay of Chaleur, found it so attractive we never got to Gaspe at all. It is at the mouth of the Restigouche, the most famous salmon river in the world. . ." No description of the Royal Hotel which was rebuilt in 1881 after an earlier fire, it boasted of having electric lights and elevators, wine and billiard rooms, a barber shop, bookstall and a parlor.

Book Id: 99-1335

Price: $50.00

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