Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes
Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes
Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes
Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes
Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes

Collection of family letters from the Starrs, Chipmans and Cranes

Philadelphia, etc. 1860s. A collection of family letters, totaling 48 leaves, exchanged among a large American clan during the later 1860s and into the early 1870s. The majority of the letters are addressed to an Anne, (maiden name likely Chipman), although some are also addressed to William C. Starr, likely her husband. The letters come from mostly cousins, siblings, and parents, with a few from friends, children, and business associates. The topics tend to be quite day-to-day and cover travel, visits, deaths and illness, the exchange of photographs, and from one young member of the family her ongoing education. The family was spread out across the Midwest and south, with a large base in Philadelphia, but other letters come from Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. One letter concerns the oil business in Oil City. Another warns Col. Starr that a man professing to be his friend has been going around asking people for money. William's brother Clinton Starr appears to have been a politician, and he laments his failure to obtain a nomination for Congress on account of a "defection." Another recounts a night in which then Vice President Hamlin arrives at a Cumberland Maryland hotel on a mission to inspect the local railroad. There is some material on children's education, with a few letters referring to an effort to create and maintain schools. Aside from the occasional stain and split the letters are in very good condition. Item #56956

Price: $250.00

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