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KIMBALL, Moses
Holograph Travel Letter Narrative and other Writings, 1834-35
(Connecticut, New York, Ohio, 1834. Very Good. A small archive consisting of one two-page narrative letter and 10 loose sheets (about 20 holograph pages) of miscellaneous writings by Moses Kimball, including one page with pen and ink illustrations. Modest toning and a few tiny tears, three manuscript sheets are partially split at the folds, including one with a neat Japanese paper tape repair, about very good overall. Born in Connecticut in 1741, Moses Kimball served in the Revolutionary War as a soldier under Brigadier General Samuel McClellan (1781-82). A devout Universalist, he taught navigation and civil engineering, and was a prosperous land owner in Norwich, Connecticut. The letter and miscellaneous writings of poetry and short sermons retained here date from the last two years of his life, when he left Connecticut to live with a grandson in Norwalk, Ohio. In the letter written to a friend in Connecticut, Kimball describes in detail his 15-day journey undertaken in May, 1835 from Poquetanuck to Norwalk: He left via sloop for Albany, then traveled along the Erie Canal, and completed the last leg of the trip by steamer on Lake Erie. In his verse and short sermons he lays out his strong Universalist beliefs and philosophy of life. He died happy at the age of 93 in December, 1835, just a few weeks after his arrival in Norwalk. A few extracts from the letter, together with a sample of his verse, follows: 1. ALS. 2pp. Small quarto. Norwalk, October 14th, 1835. Addressed to John Harkness at Preston, Connecticut: "My good friend, having an opportunity to give you some … [Click Below for Full Description]
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