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Manuscript and Collectibles Auction

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Lot 541
1669 English Sermon Tract. A Sermon Preached At A Visitation Held At Warrington In Lancashire May 11. 1669. By Ric. Sherlock D.D. Rector of Winwick in Lancashire. 7½ x 5½ in., 16 pp. Text complete, lacking blank back page. Moderate overall toning.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Lot 542
1699 English Letter Discussing A Voyage To Borneo. A folded pre-stamp letter dated June 13, 1699, sent by Walter Nisbett from London to his brother-in-law, William Nisbett, in Edinburgh, Scotland. A fascinating letter relating Walter's voyage to Benjarmasin, a town on the south coast of Borneo. He states that nearly a third of his money "went towards my equipage and liquors for so tedious a voyage…I was Sr. seven moneths at one time at Benjar. in ye island of Borneo and two months at Batavia besides severall other ports boeth outward & homward bound." Benjarmasin, by 1698, was an important English settlement near the pepper-growing area of Borneo. The English were expelled when the Dutch obtained a monopoly from the Sultan in the 1730s. The letter has all official postal markings, including a nice Bishop Mark Postal stamp and red wax seal. Minor paper loss at one fold, affecting a few letters of text; two small tape remnants at top edge.
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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Lot 543
1836 Missionary's Letter. Folded, lengthy 3 2/3 page letter, 13¾ x 10½ inches, written at sea, en route to India, during the month of December, 1836, by an American missionary named William to his mother, Mrs. Susanna Tracy, in Norwich, Connecticut. Many observations of scenery along the way--a school of porpoises, flying fish, Portuguese men of war, and a description of how dolphins changed colors as they died. He describes giving out tracts and religious services aboard ship; he says that the captain, who is a Unitarian "resting entirely on his own good works for salvation," thinks that the sailors are "so vile nothing would do them good." Some toning and small fold splits. Manuscript postage with "SHIP" stamp and "Boston" forwarding postmark., and a forwarding notation by the U.S. Consul at the Cape of Good Hope. Interesting content.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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