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REID, JAMES [LETTER WRITER]
TWO DETAILED 18TH CENTURY HAND-WRITTEN LETTERS FROM JAMES REID, WHO IS HOMESTEADING IN KENTUCKY, TO HIS WIFE, BETSY, WHO PRESENTLY RESIDES IN NEW YORK
Two inked holograph letters from James Reid, 1790., Washington, Mason County. Two interesting inked letters from James Reid, homesteading in Kentucky, to his wife living in New York. In Letter One is dated February 3rd, 1790, and he writes that he started from Philadelphia on October 17th about 2 p. m. in the afternoon with a traveling companion named Bingham and traveled to Lancaster, crossed the Susquehanna River and arrived at York. The two left their travel trunks with a wagoner to be forwarded to their destination as they could travel much faster without the burden of the trunks. Arriving at Fort Pitt, Bingham found work and decided to remain there for awhile and come down with the trunks when they arrived. Reid proceeded towards his destination of getting to Kentucky. and traveled with new companions via river boat with concerns about hostile Indians shooting at them from the shore and due to low water levels having to get into the water and push the boat off the shoals. A Doctor Goforth advised him to stay at his home until his trunk arrived. His trunk did not arrive and he has not heard from Bingham about the fate of his trunk and he says, .without my trunk I have been ever since out of cloth with only one shirt and a pair of stockings without it is what I have on my back and then all regret which rendered me very uncomfortable." Reid also comments that he has no tools which are also in his trunk. He advises regarding replacement costs for new tools as we learn he is a leather worker and also makes shoes. He advises the prices of food there and also asks that when s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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