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- Porter, Jane, 1776-1850.
[Letter] Sunday Morning, Weymouth Street [to] Chinnery[?], Manchester Square / Jane Porter.
Porter thanks the recipient for her letter and states that nothing but extreme illness could have kept her from responding "and even now I write from my Bed. I am sufficiently better not to be confined within it, but I am not strong enough to remain off it." She hopes to be able to receive her visitor as her illness is nothing to alarm: a combination of nervousness and rheumatism, "both of which torments wreaked their utmost malice on my unhappy head." Porter wishes her friend a pleasant two-month stay on the Continent and asks about her traveling companions. She promises to present her friend to her brother upon his return from his travels in 18 months and makes some observations on society and human nature. Porter is remembered as the author of novels like Thaddeus of Warsaw (1803) and The Scottish Chiefs (1804) about William Wallace. The brother referred to here may be Robert Ker Porter, the painter, to whom Jane was devoted.
- Richard III, King of England, 1452-1485.
[Deed of Release] 1484 May 1 [Granting the land Stacys in Pluckle(y?)] [to] William Pyx, Nicholas Bocher, Thomas Kingsnoth, and John Hert / [Richard III].
The note explains that the release entitled William Pyx, Nicholas Bocher, Thomas Kingsnoth, and John Hert to the possession of land called Stacys in Plickle (Pluckle) during the reign of Richard III. "Pluckle" may refer to the village known as "Pluckley," situated in Kent, not far from London. There are three contemporary places with vestiges of the name "Stacys": Stace Wood in Smarden parish, Stace Farm and Cottages in Brentley parish, and Stacey's Wood in Hillenborough.
- Richardson, Joseph D.
[Envelopes] [1861-1864] from the letters of Joseph D. Richardson to his family.
These envelopes enclosed the letters of first sergeant Joseph D. Richardson to his family in Beverly, NJ during the Civil War. Richardson enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging. Some of his letters are written on matching letterheads with patriotic iconography.
- Schliemann, Heinrich, 1822-1890.
[Letter] 1877 December 23 [to] Mr. [Fradsham?] / Henry Schliemann [Heinrich Schliemann].
Schliemann specifies directions for an inscription in Greek on a watch for his wife Sophia Schliemann. He specifies delivery information and provides a translation of the Greek characters:
"To Sophia Schliemann
my beloved wife
for memory's sake."
- Wagner, Peter Joseph, 1795-1884; Allen, W.R.; Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874.
[Letter] 1842 January 17, Fort Plain; 1842 February 9, New York; 1842 March 17, House of Representatives [to] M. Fillmore; A.P. Upshur / P.J. Wagner; W.R. Allen; Millard Fillmore.
Wagner writes on behalf of M. Campbell to recommend him for the post of midshipman, stating that he is a "young gentleman" of good family. He asks Fillmore to "manifest an interest in his behalf" to "gratify an estimable young man." Allen's letter follows Wagner's and in it he states that Campbell is a "particular friend and relative" in whose future he feels a "deep interest." Allen states that he will regard any assistance to this young man as a personal favor. On the verso, Fillmore writes to A.P. Upshar, the Secretary of the Navy (presumably on Campbell's behalf), vouching that Wagner, a member of the last House of Representatives (1839-1841, chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War), is a "gentleman of the first respectability" and that Allen is a New York lawyer of respectable standing. Fillmore endorsed Campbell while serving as a Representative from New York (1833-1835, 1837-1843). He later became Zachary Taylor's Vice President in 1848, fulfilling the duties of President (1850-1853) when Taylor died. Fillmore was not reelected, but commanded a corps of home guards during the Civil War.
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