Autographed Letter Signed


to Cart
Price: $250.00

Place Published: Mechanicsburg
Date Published: 1840

Description: 3 pages, 12.5 x 7.5 inches, Mechanicsburg, April 23, 1840. Outstanding autographed letter signed "Phebe Sergeant," who has moved from Michigan to Ohio in a quest to better his life, only to suffer one misfortune after another, in small part: "...We all lay sick most of the time with the fever...Susan Marie was born Sept. 26, 1838 and she died the 28th of September, 1839. What was the matter with her we don't know. She dwindled away until she was nothing but skin and bones. Having to part with one baby and now binding out the two oldest, Elizabeth and George. The reason we rent out any of our children is that being sick so much we could not get along with so many to provide for them. Elizabeth's time to serve is seven years. George's time is thirteen years. George when free will have a horse, saddle and bridle worth sixty dollars and twenty-five dollars in cash%u2026plus two new suits of clothes - one of common wear and one of broad cloth. He is to be educated in figures to the rule of three. Elizabeth is to have a bed and bedding and a new milk cow and suitable clothes for a girl at age 18%u2026and a new bible...I am this year cropping it on shares on a fifty acre lot that belongs to a Warren freeman. I am to do the work and have one third of everything...There is a genuine cry among the people of Ohio of hard times on account of there being no money in circulation...therefore the general cry is to elect General Harrison as Governor and chase out Van Burien thinking..." Small hole the size of a quarter at the top of page 1, with the missing piece still attached to the remnants of the wax seal. Several smudges; quite delicate overall. Very good(-) condition.

Signed: Y
Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Autographs

Book ID: 245860

More AUTOGRAPHS: webrss
More OHIO: webrss
More 19TH CENTURY: webrss
More MONEY: webrss
More POLITICS: webrss
More POVERTY: webrss

By This Author: [OHIO SERVITUDE - 1840]
By This Publisher:
Topic Notification
Receive e-mail notification of new arrivals in your topics of interest.

I recently purchased a book from you, having searched via the internet. The book came yesterday and this note commends your service and quick response. I was impressed with the care taken to wrap the book with tissue paper and several layers of corrugated cardboard, as well as the speed with which you must have sent it out. It arrived only a week after the order, in spite of the Thanksgiving holiday. I thank you for the attention paid to the quality of my order and hope we will do more business. - Steve C.
Argosy Book Store on Facebook
Argosy Book Store on Instagram
Site by Bibliopolis