Letter copy book from the US Consul to Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany 1888-1896

Aix-la-Chapelle: 1888. Quarto onionskin letter copybook, 328 single-sided leaves with manuscript copy of letters sent from Parsons over the course of his tenure at Aix-la-Chapelle, and a few letters received, in varying states of legibility, written in English, French, and German. Half red calf over cloth, spine mostly perished, corners worn. Laid in is one copy of an essay on education on yellow onionskin and a folded cloth that appears to have served as a copy of a cross-hatch letter, though the text is difficult to discern. The subject matter varies from the professional to the personal. He talks about managing power of attorney for his uncle in Spain, planning trips, paying bills, and coordinating meetings. Correspondents include Lyman Austin Spalding, Parsons' predecessor at Aix-la-Chapelle, creditors, renters, and friends back in the States, and a British Consul named Mr. Taylor. A significant portion of letters after his return from Germany involve his writing on behalf of his father, who appears to have been involved in a number of disputes in the Midwest. In one letter he writes, "I am well aware that you are already under some obligations to my father. It was through his efforts that the farm was saved to you. I can not believe that you will suffer him to pay for machines to cut -your- crops. He tells me, however, that his letters to you remain unanswered." The last few entries, starting at around 1894, are by James' brother, Willard, who appears to have been involved in manufacturing. In addition to a few financial letters, there are letters from him concerning a patent of some sort of power transmission, letters of recommendation for the Nut and Bolt Co. of Alabama, discussions of stock, and a complaint about a chimney that was produced for him. Parsons married Frances Theodora Smith (1861-1952) (the former Mrs. William Starr Dana) in 1896. She was an active supporter of the Republican Party as well as the Progressive Party and an advocate of women's suffrage. Her most important botanical work was How to Know the Wild Flowers (1893), the first field guide to North American wildflowers. The work went through several editions in her lifetime and has remained in print into the 21st century. Parsons was born at Hoosick Falls, New York. He graduated valedictorian at Trinity College in 1881. In 1888 he was appointed Consul to Aix-la-Chapelle, and after his tenure ended he spent the next decade working in education within the state of New York, as an inspector of schools, director of examinations, and director of college and high school departments for the University of the State of New York. He moved to Mexico as Consul-General in 1904 and died there a year later in an electric trolley accident. Item #56851

Price: $650.00

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