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This is ye Log of ye [in pencil, hand-lettered with a drawing of a log] good Yacht "Truant" her Cruise with a Cargo of Doctors, Commodore Chas. A. Cheever, Commanding, Summer of 1882
privately printed, [No place 1888 - Oblong octavo. Pictorial wrappers. 184pp. Typewritten on rectos only, paper watermarked with the date 1882. Very good condition; negligible wear. A presumably unknown privately printed yachting yarn associated with a known yachting aficionado and a remarkable, handicapped inventor who erected and owned the first telephone lines in New York City. Charles A. Cheever's (1852-1900) obituary describes him as a noted electrical inventor "who organized various sub-telephone companies in New York State and erected and owned the first telephone lines in New York City." To prove the commercial viability of the telephone, Cheever staged a public demonstration wherein he connected his office in the Tribune building with the American Institute Fair. From this, the strains of music from the band were heard over the telephone wire (*Auburn Democrat*, Argus, New York, May 4, 1900, p. 8). Cheever was a recognizable figure on the streets of New York where he was affectionately known by all as "Commodore Cheever" by the city's inhabitants: "Mr Cheever was a great lover of yachting. He was a member of the New York and Seawanhaka Corinthian yacht clubs, being one of the early promoters of the latter. He was greatly interested in the sailing of small yachts, and owned first the sloop yacht *Truant* and afterward the schooner yacht *Crusader*." The *Truant* begins her trip on August 18 1882 leaving Newport, [Rhode Island] Harbor, laden with her "cargo of doctors" [names as of yet unidentified] and returns September 1st. The item is a novelty, being laid out and written in the format of a ship's log, but then bursting forth, at random, into humorous verse, presumably from Cheever. Destinations and activities mentioned include, in part: Nantucket Harbor, Cape Cod, Cohasset Harbor, reeling in the blue fish, swimming, dining, and general joviality. From infancy, Cheever was paralyzed from the waist down. He never weighed more than 77 pounds. A servant carried Cheever on his back throughout the streets of New York. (K.A. Wilson, *A Review of Early Telephone History in New York City*). Not in *OCLC*, presumably unrecorded, possibly unique. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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