JOHN AMHERST TO JEFFERY AMHERST — BEST KNOWN FOR HIS SUCCESSFUL SERVICE DURING THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, AND DURING THE PONTIAC REBELLION, AMHERST AGREED TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF SMALL POX INFECTED BLANKETS AMONG THE NATIVE AMERICAS, THE ONLY RECORDED CASE OF BRITISH SOLDIERS GIVING SMALLPOX-CONTAMINATED BLANKETS TO NATIVE AMERICANS.
AMHERST, JOHN (1718- 1778). Brother of Lord Jeffrey Amherst, Admiral in the British Navy who went on to serve as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “John Amherst.” Two very full pages, large quarto. “Thatched House, St. James Street, [London] April 10, 1760”. Very fine condition. To his brother JEFFERY AMHERST, 1ST BARON AMHERST (1717-1797).
CHECK SIGNED BY POET AND ABOLITIONIST JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL. (1819-1891). Poet, Critic, Satirist, Diplomat, and noted Abolitionist. Attractive Partly-printed Check Signed: “J.R. Lowell”.
CHECK SIGNED BY LONGFELLOW
LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH. (1807-82). American poet. Partly-printed Check Signed, “Henry W. Longfellow”, with internal printed Internal Revenue stamp. 7″ x 2.75″ inches, Cambridge, Massachusetts. September 6, 1881.
CLARENCE DARROW – FAMED LAWYER IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB MURDER TRIAL AND THE SCOPES “MONKEY” TRIAL STATES: “SOCIALISM SEEMS DEAD….I AM CONFIDENT THAT OUR PRESENT INTOXICATION CAN NOT LAST MUCH LONGER”
DARROW, CLARENCE. (1857-1938). American lawyer. Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “Clarence Darrow”, on his name-imprinted Law Offices Darrow, Smith, Cronson & Smith letterhead. One page, oblong quarto. “Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington Street, Chicago”, December 12, 1926.
DID RALPH WALDO EMERSON BELIEVE IN THE ‘SCIENCE’ OF PHRENOLOGY?
EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. (1803 -1882) Author, poet, and philosopher; leader of the Transcendentalist movement. Autograph Letter Signed “R.W. Emerson”. Two pages, small octavo. Cincinnati, Ohio. December 7, 1852.
AARON BURR – ON LEGAL MATTERS, AND POLITICAL INTRIGUE — “YOU HAVE NOT YET TOLD ME OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.”
BURR, AARON. (1756-1836). American revolutionary officer and political leader. Autograph Letter Signed, “A. Burr”. Two full pages, quarto. New York, February 4, 1789.
THE AUTHOR OF: RAGGED DICK: OR, STREET LIFE IN NEW YORK WITH THE BOOTBLACKS
ALGER, HORATIO JR. (1832–1899). American author; wrote more than 100 books, all based on the rags-to-riches formula, at the turn of the late 1800’s. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed “Horatio Alger, Jr”. One page, octavo. New York, December 11, 1886. To “My dear Miss Burt”, evidently a woman teacher requesting an autograph.