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26 Page Autograph Letter Signed describing a Train Trip and Train Wreck en route to Chicago and beyond in 1871
1871. Unbound. Near Fine. 26 page letter (both sides of 13 leaves) from "Horry " (or "Howy") to his family, entirely about his train trip en route to Chicago. Old folds from mailing, tiny nick in corner of first leaf, and a little age-toning, near fine. Dated in January of 1871 and mailed from Dicorah, Iowa, Horry seems to have been sent to collect debts for his company, or as he puts it "looking after 'Lame Ducks'." The letters are admirably detailed and describe social encounters and flirtations, scenery, crops, rivers, mountains, and adventures. Writing from his destination in Iowa, he recounts his journey: he sets out first from New Hampshire to New York and on to Maryland, then west to Harper's Ferry, where he describes the evidence of the War, as well as evidence of the remains of slavery, describing slave cabins surrounding plantation houses, and large gangs of ex-slaves chopping wood. He encounters a lovely young woman from Florida who "had been driven from the capitol of Florida, Augusta if I remember aright, with her father on account of union sentiments lost a great part of their wealth" but had since regained their positions and fortune. As they travel west into the Appalachians they have an unexpected encounter when their train runs into a stationary freight train that was on the wrong track: "We tried that often repeated experiment of meeting and passing a train without checking[?] the switch. And as already many times demonstrated IT CAN NOT BE DONE. The engineer did not say he was going to trip it all. The first thing he did was to throw us out of our sea … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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