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Sale 22

Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

Colonial Americana
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Lot 32
1772 Letter From John Codman To Phillip Schuyler. A one-page folio letter from John Codman, a Boston merchant and member of the Massachusetts Senate, to Col. Phillip Schuyler, who became Major General in the Continental Army and one of the first two U.S. senators from New York, New Brunswick, November 8, 1772, asking for help in a business affair. In part, "…my Affair with Ysaham is rather desperate; were he put into Goal, I do no believe he has a friend that would take him out as they have suffered by him already….I am sorry to hear that some Rascals have been destroying the Timber on some of my Lotts in Saratoga. Pray is there no way of coming at these Fellows or of preventing it…for the Soil is good for little afterwards…." Fine condition. Address has postal markings.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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Lot 33
1794 Carpenter's Bill To The Town Of Boston. Manuscript Document headed "Town of Boston to Thomas Dawes," Boston, March 4, 1794, 8¼ x 7½ in. An invoice for work done by Dawes for the town; the amounts due are given in pounds and shillings. One entry is "To building a back & pointing in the workhouse." He mentioned repairs done "in Mr. Whitwell's Room," and several repairs "in the Hall." Expenses include mortar and brick and the help of another man and his "boy." Others include, "mending 6 backs of Chimneys front of the Kitchen Ovan…laying harth in the Hall…mending the brick work…& pointing in all the rooms" and "laying a new harth to the Kitchen Ovan." The document is split at top fold and partially at bottom fold, and there is a small area of paper loss, affecting two words, still legible, plus edge chips and toning. Still a wonderful, historical document.
Estimated Value $500 - 750.
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Lot 34
1798 Will Bequeathing Land To A Daughter Captured By The Indians. Manuscript Will of Peter Foard, Madison County, Kentucky, March 4, 1798, 2 pp folio. After bequeathing land on Muddy Creek and in Buckingham County, Virginia to his sons and daughters, he leaves the land and plantation on which he lives to his wife, "Except fifty acres of land to be laid off at the North Corner of my land which…I give to my Daughter Polly, if She is ever recoverd from the Indians, together with one half of my household and Kitchen furniture, Stock of every kind and plantation utencials…." A touching commentary on the difficulties facing the early Kentucky settlers and the father who died still hoping that his daughter would be recovered. Archival fold repair and overall toning. Very Good.
Estimated Value $300 - 500.
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Lot 35
Colonial New York Bond. Partly-printed Document dated February 3, 1775, binding Nicholas and Isaac Low, merchants in New York City, to Andrew Breasted, in the amount of twelve hundred pounds, current money of New York. A notation on the verso shows that the money was repaid in 1776 as required. One page folio, with attached docket leaf. A 3¼ x 4 in area of paper loss at bottom right affects nothing; overall toning and a couple of edge splits. Printed on laid paper with a beautiful "Pro Patria" watermark.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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Lot 36
George III Political Cartoon. Handcolored engraving, 9½ x 15 in., published February 27, 1800 by S.W. Fores, Piccadilly. The Bedfordshire Farmer unloading his--Presents! depicts a farmer unloading his deer (each with red, white, and blue branding, indicating sympathies with Revolutionary France and Republican ideals) into the Royal Park. King George watches, horrified, and exclaims: "…Shut the Gates, that fellow is unloading all his Deer in the Park. Jacobins to a man…What--Tri Coloured ribands & cockades…Got talking to one of mine already.--it won't do…." A few border tears and one internal tear repaired with tape on verso. Colorful and overall Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
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