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NEW YORK MERCHANTS ORDERING BOOKS, 1801-1806
A collection of sixteen letters written between 1801 and 1806 concerning goods ordered from suppliers by Franklin and Newbold, merchants in New York. Eight of the letters are written by Nathaniel Patten of Hartford (1746-1834), confirming orders for a variety of school books. He confirms that he is supplying stationery, spelling books, and "Websters 3 parts". Prices and quantities are noted. These are likely referring to the earliest books written by Noah Webster of West Hartford, who believed that Americans should learn from American books, and in 1783, published his own textbook. "Websters 3 parts" refers to the first part of Webster's A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, a spelling book first printed in 1783; part two, a grammar, appeared in 1784; part three, a reader (a compilation of essays and poetry for children who could already read), was published in 1785. Webster's popular dictionary was not published until 1806. According to Ancestry, Patten was a bookbinder by trade who advertised in the local papers, and once owned an interest in a paper mill. Six of the letters were sent by Stephen Trowbridge of New Haven, Connecticut for bellows sent to the merchants via ship. Bellows were a device used to stoke a fire. Made of leather and wood, they included an air bag that emitted a stream of air when two handles are squeezed together. Two additional letters are included in the collection. One concerns the purchase of butter and the other, dated 1807, appears to be a letter from an attorney who is helping to recover a debt. The letters are in very good conditio … [Click Below for Full Description]
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