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An 1869 Letter from a Tufts College Student featuring a Six Page detailed account of the College's Baseball Games
A lengthy 13 page Autograph Letter Signed ("John") dated 16 November 1869 to fellow (or former) student Taber Ashton in Philadelphia. Three bi-folia plus a single leaf. Folded as mailed else just about fine; original envelope present (a little soiled, two canceled 3 cent stamps intact, postmarked "College Hill, Mass."). An exuberant and effusive letter sent by a scholar from the Class of 1871 at Tufts to Ashton with about half of the letter devoted to baseball at the College. After John devotes two pages to detailing his efforts in successfully selling Tabor's bureau and textbooks, but failing to sell his lamp, and enclosing $4 (not present), and a single page assessing and comparing the Classes of '72 and '73, John starts his missive in earnest: "Base ball, next, of course." He then devotes nearly six pages to the sport, starting with the momentous news: "To begin with I am in the first nine! I have played their right field all season. My play in the field has been only average 'though I have made some very fair catches & some awful muffs." He continues "My batting has improved a great deal. They count me one of the heaviest strikers. He recounts several games: "We played a game with the Harvard Sophs, on Jarvis, in which game we were beaten 36 to 5! In that game I made two of the five runs. We had been blinded twice, first and second innings. I went to the bat made a bully strike, away down the left field, got my second, stole to third and came home with the first tally. This was off Grey's pitching. I did precisely the same thing again, and made my second run." He recite … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.]
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