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Potent Patriotic Letter From Charles D. Rhodes With Sage Military Advice

“It stands as one of the wonders of America’s part in the Great War, having in view a struggle of five years duration with a possibility of over 4,000,000 American soldiers in the field.” MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES D. RHODES (1865-1948) Graduated from West Point in 1899 and joined the 6th Cavalry during the Spanish American War. Major General in WWI. Autograph Note Signed. Base Section #2, Bordeaux, France. June 5, 1919. Two pp. 4 1/2” x 7”. On “The Autograph Collection of Howes Norris Jr.” letterhead. The heroic Major General who earned the Distinguished Service Cross provides some sage advice and patriotic sentiments to the noted autograph seeker: “If it were possible I would wish that all American might see this wonderful Military Base, which, with its docks, warehouses, railroads, barracks, camps, warehouses, railroads, barracks, camps, and hospitals, - all constructed within eighteen months by American labor to care for two hundred thousand soldiers; stands as a gigantic monument to American energy, pluck, intelligence, initiative, and resourcefulness. It stands as one of the wonders of America’s part in the Great War, having in view a struggle of five years duration with a possibility of over 4, 000, 000 American soldiers in the field. Probably the very existence of this great reservoir of troops and supplies had an important bearing on Germany’s desire for peace. Charles D. Rhodes, Major General, Commanding.” Four light mounting traces to edges on verso, otherwise Very Fine
Catalog: # AM-1658
Topic: World War I
Price: $295.00

Pressing Medical Complaints

Autograph Letter Signed, “A.G. Lane.” Two pages, 7 7/8” x 12”. Russelsburg, Warren Co, Pa January 27, 1860. Lane writes to a Mr. Hiller, in part: “ … I am very anxious to hear from you concerning my complaints and have you send me that paper we talked of.  I will describe my situation as nigh as I can and I want you to show it to Ludlum and see if he ever saw any body in my situation before.  The prostate gland is enlarged a considerable and there is a thick matter in my water.  When I make water some times it is very  clear only the thick chunks of matter that is in it and then some times it is very biley so you can’t go through it at all some like buttermilk only not so white.  I have done every thing used injections and taken every thing but to no purpose it aches very much.  The perineum or to speak more vulgar round the tuch hole and it hurts me to make water. It smarts very much and my groins ache considerable.  I have use a catheter a number of times to see if there was any strictun formed but the doctors here say not but there is plenty of corruption comes out on the catheter.  The holes in it fill full.  You show this to Ludlum and see what he says and write me immediately for I can’t live so long.  I am very anxious to know if there can any thing be done for me for I can’t live so long.  You may think I am foolish but if you was in my situation you would feel as bad as I do.  Don’t fail to write to me and send me that Recpt for it is all the time costing me money here and doing no good.  I have spent over two hundred dollars already and if I can be cured sound over more.  I will give all I have got and don’t you fail to attend to this if you please and if I live I will reward you for it and if don’t I hope heaven will.  You can’t blame me for wanting to get cured and I don’t you to read this and forget it and let that be the last of it.  Tell Ludlum I shall call and see him if I am able to get there in the spring but I am in hopes he can send me word what to take or do so that I shall be able to call on him a well man but I am fearful that will never be for I have about given up all hopes unless some one in that country can help me.  It will be a hard death to die but I shall have to stand it now …” Some separation at folds. Slight paper loss at intersection of lower right folds. Overall Fine. 
Catalog: # AM-1399
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Medical History
Price: $125.00

Printed Shareholders Letter Signed By Josiah Quincy Jr. For Presentation To Pres. Fillmore

JOSIAH QUINCY JR. (1802-1882). American political figure from Massachusetts. Presentation copy of a Printed Booklet, “Letter to the Shareholders of the Vermont Central Railroad,” Inscribed and Signed, “Hon. Millard Fillmore with the respects of Josiah Quincy Jr.” Twenty six pages, 5 5/8” x 9 1/2”. A few pencil notations in margins. Minor edge wear and toning. Else Fine. A nice early railroad item with an unusual association.
Catalog: # AM-1250
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $250.00

Promissory Note Endorsed by Admiral David Farragut

DAVID FARRAGUT (1801-1870). An American admiral during the Civil War, Farragut is best remembered for his actions against New Orleans and Mobile Bay. He quipped “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” DS. 1pp. 8” x 3 1/2”. Washington D.C. Sept 28th 1866. A partly printed promissory note signed “D. G. Farragut” on the verso. A man agreed that “two months after date I promise to pay to the order of David G. Farragut Forty Dollars with Interest”. Black on thin white paper with an engraving of an allegorical woman in the top right corner and a steamship in the lower center. Farragut’s signature is dark and it is in very fine condition.
Catalog: # AM-3603
Price: $375.00

Promissory Note Signed by N.H. Governor Ichabod Goodwin

Ichabod, Goodwin (1794 – 1882). Governor of New Hampshire. July 25, 1863. Promissory note signed by Goodwin with the Boylston Fire and Marine Insurance Company. Attached adhesive revenue stamp. Punch cancelled. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-3617
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political/United States
Price: $45.00

Publisher of America’s First Successful Women’s Fashion Magazine

Louis A. Godey (1804 – 1878). Publisher of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s magazine during the 19th century, which was published for 48 years, from 1830 – 1878. It was the first successful American women’s fashion magazine. A rare printed circular soliciting club subscribers for the Lady’s Book. The circular details special rates for multiple subscriptions by clubs as well as additional discount pricing for those consolidating the purchase of the Lady’s Book with Harper’s Magazine and Arthur’s Home Magazine. At the bottom, Godey has penned a note to Joseph Knight; “Dear Sir, I send you with great pleasure my autograph without the ‘Eminent’. Yours Cordially, L. A. Godey, July 21/63”. Folds. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1524
State: Pennsylvania
Topic: Women's History
Price: $245.00

Raymond P. Rodgers

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Document Signed, “R.P. Rodgers,” on Commandant’s Office, Navy Yard, Mare Island, Cal. letterhead. One page, 8” x 10”. California. June 18, 1874. The document concerns the shipment of iron aboard the Steamer “City of Panama. Usual folds. Overall Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0229
State: California
Topic: Naval History
Price: $200.00

Raymond P. Rodgers ALS

Raymond P. Rodgers ALS 2pp (1 sheet folded, double sided). Measures 7 3/3” x 12 ¼”. Navy Yard, New York July 30, 1883. Letter written to the Admiral by Rodgers requesting leave due to a family illness. The letter reads in part, “…After an illness of more than two months I find my wife’s condition to be such as to give me considerable alarm. For several weeks the one under the care of Dr. Hoehling, in Washington, who finding that her disease did not yield to treatment advised that she should have a change of air and scene. Since her arrival in Orange, N.J. she has become decidedly worse, until her strength and general condition have fallen so low as to cause decided apprehension for her recovery. This ship is about to sail on a voyage which, I understand, will be of some five weeks duration As my wife’s illness during the coming month will certainly be critical I desire to ask that I may be granted a leave of absence from this ship, if this be deemed impossible I should feel obliged to ask for my detachment, a step I should take with the greatest reluctance…” The reply from the Admiral reads: “For the reason stated above, leave of absence of the Tenseness from the United states-Upon the return of the ship to a northern port of the U.S., you will report on board, without delay – Leave your telegraphic address.” Excellent.
Catalog: # AM-1484
State: New York
Topic: Naval History
Price: $275.00

Raymond Rogers' Memorandum On The Peruvian Navy

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Autograph “Memorandum on the Peruvian Navy” Unsigned. Four pages, 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Accompanied by a one page 15 3/4” x9 3/4 ledger of armored and unarmored ships of Peru. Rodgers writes, in part: “ ...The Navy of Peru is controlled by the Minister of War and Marine. It is composed of one armored frigate, one single-turret ship, two single-turret monitors, two ...corvettes, four transport and three school ships. The Independencia is an armored frigate of the old type, with moderate protection for the water line and battery ...Her max speed on steam trial yesterday was 12 knots. Her boilers are new. He bow is built for ramming. The hull is of iron and is divided into three water tight compartments ...By far the most formidable ship of the Peruvian Navy is the Huascar ...She carried a single turret which are mounted two 10 ni 12 ton muzzle loading Armstrongs ...The deck is four feet above the water line, and immediately at the bow the side rise about 6 feet above the deck thus forming a small topgallant ...The hull is of iron with double bottoms, and is divided into five water tight compartments. Her armor is backed by 10 inches of teak ...The turret is 30 in diameter, it has 7 inches of armor in immediately front of the guns and five about the remainder ...The turret is turned upon conical iron roller, upon which its base rests ¡¦. The guns can be fired through an arc of 138 ...on her trial April 26th she made between 10 1//2 and 12 knots per hour. The Huascar carried 200 men ¡¦. The Monitors Atahualpa and Mauco Capae were bought in the United States 1867 or 1868. They were then known as the Catawba and Oncota ...The Union is a fine wooden corvette. She and the America (lost in the tidal wave of 68) were built at Nantes, France ¡¦” The accompanying 15 3/4” x9 3/4” table, accomplished in Rodger¡¯s hand, provides the following information for each Peruvian vessel: “Name of Ship,” “Class,” “Material,” “Draught, Forward and Aft,” “Length between perpendiculars,¡¯ “breadth of beam,” “Total displacement, tons,” “ Number & Kind of Guns,” “ Height of Battery above Water,” “Thickness of Armor at water-line,” “Builders,” “Indicated Horse Power,” “ Max Speed, knots per hour,” “Total cost of ship” and “Remarks.” Verso of this table contains a count of Peruvian Naval personnel divided by rank. A great piece of naval history and intelligence gathering during the period preceeding the Pacific War between Chile and Peru. Although the outbreak of this war caught the Peruvian Navy unprepared and outgunned, Peruvian Admiral Grau, the commander of the above examined Huascar ironclad, was able to delay Chilean advances for six months before he was killed and defeated at the Battle of Angamos. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1306
Topic: Naval History
Price: $450.00

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