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Archive of sixteen (16) items related to the Adams, Dearborn, and Boyd families, including a journal with first hand account of George Washington's memorial service from the son of President John Adams. 1st item: Journal identified as belonging to Thomas B. Adams (1772-1832), the third and youngest son of the 2nd president of the United States, John and Abigail (Smith) Adams. The first page indicates that the journal was begun on September 1, 1799, the last entry dating May 13, 1800. Thomas mostly writes of his day to day life in Philadelphia, PA including political elections, his dinner and other social engagements, etc., however he does go into detail about the death and subsequent mourning of George Washington in December 1799. In and entry dated Thursday December 26, 1799, he writes of Washington's memorial service, stating "…At 12 o'clock, a detachment of Cavalry waited on the President [John Adams] for the purpose of escorting him to Zion Church in 4th Street. Mr. Shaw & self accompanied him. After some embarra[s]sment proceeding from the misapprehension of orders by the officer who commanded the escort, we arrived at the Church, and about 1 h the proce[s]ion of the Civil & Military which was proceeded by a bier, representing the coffins of the departed Hero, born by four noncommi[s]sioned officers & the pall held by eight distinguished Citizens, also reached the Church; when General Henry Lee of Virginia delivered to a crowded a[s]sembly a funeral Oration, preceded and followed by sacred vocal & instrumental Music. The oration was flat, unfeeling, cold. Not a tear was called to moisten the parching eyes of the Spectators & bearers, not a sigh was uttered by any present…Could the bitterest sarcasm that language can expre[s]s be applied to this performance, would it surpa[s]s the simplest fact, the when Washington's funeral Eulogy was delivered to hundreds of his mourning Countrymen, not a tear was shed, not a sigh was heard!". 12mo, bound in soft brown leather covers. Inscribed "Emily Dearborn Boyd…P. Harrod" inside of front cover, ink inscription reading "Journal begun September 1st 1799" with later pencil inscription with Thomas B. Adams attribution, front end paper. 7 1/4" H x 4 3/4" W x 5/8" D. 2nd item: Journal belonging to Henry George Raleigh Dearborn (1809-1884), son of General Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1786-1846) and grandson of General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829). The majority of the journal appears to be transcriptions of other letters, including "Extracts from Austin's Letters", "Method of Making Wine in France", "The Hero's Philosophy. By the King of Prussia. 1773", "A Dissertation on Conjugal Felicity, with Structure on Education", and more. Octavo, hardbound three-quarter brown leather with paper sides, four green paper tabs sewn to inside of covers. Inscribed "Geo. R. Dearborn's" to spine. 8 7/8" H x 3 5/8" W x 5/8" D. 3rd item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn (1802-1880), Houlton, ME, to her brother Joseph Gilman (b. 1809), Dixmont, ME, June 20, 1831. Address panel in Pamela Augusta's hand with traces of red wax seal below. 10" H x 8 1/8" W. 4th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Houlton, MA, to her aunt, Mrs. Hannah Swett Lee Dearborn, Care of General Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1786-1846), Boston, MA, dated January 14, 1836. Address panel in Pamela Augusta's hand with postmark stamp from Houlton, ME, dated January 15, 1836 with traces of red wax seal either side. 10" H x 8 1/4" W. 5th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Fort Preble, ME, to her daughter Annette M. Dearborn, Care of Mr. Albert Kimball, Haverhill, MA, dated June 18, 1850. Address panel in Pamela's hand with postmark stamp from Portland, ME, dated June 19, 1850. 10" H x 8" W. 6th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Fort Preble, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, care of C. H. Boyd, U.S.C.S., East Bowdoinham, ME, dated October 29, 1854. Includes envelope with address in Pamela Augusta's hand, with two black postmark stamps, and a blue three cent stamp.7 3/4" H x 6 1/2" W. 7th item: Civil War era ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Portland, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, wife of Charles Harrod Boyd, Hollis, ME, September 20, 1862. Pamela Augusta mentions the Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, writing "What Terrific fighting there is going on_but I saw by a dispatch from Genl [George B. McClellan] that our victory is complete_but such a dreadful loss of life on both sides, so many of our Genls and field officers killed or badly wounded_I hope we may hear good news from [Romeyn Beck] Ayres, soon…". Includes envelope with address in Pamela Augusta's hand. 8" H x 5" W. 8th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Hollis, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, Mrs. C. H. Boyd, South Gardiner, ME, October 9, 1870. Includes envelope with address in Pamela Augusta's hand, two black postmark stamps, and a green three cent Washington stamp. 8" H x 5 1/8" W. 9th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Portland, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, Care of Major C. H. Boyd, U.S.C.S., Topsham, ME, July 27, 1871. 8 1/8" H x 5 1/8" W. 10th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Portland, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, Mrs. C. H. Boyd, U.S.C.S. Camp, Topsham, ME, August 12, 1871. Letter written on stationary with embossed "D". Includes envelope with address that does not appear to be in Pamela Augusta's hand, with black postmark stamp from Portland, ME, October 2. 4 3/4" W. 7" H x 4 3/4" W. 11th item: ALS from Pamela Augusta Gilman Dearborn, Portland, ME, to Annette M. Dearborn Boyd, Care of Major C. H. Boyd, U.S.C.S., Topsham, ME, August 20, 1871. Includes envelope with address in Pamela Augusta's hand, with black postmark stamp from Portland, ME, dated August 21 and a green three cent Washington stamp. Envelope and stationary with embossed "D". 7" H x 4 5/8" W. 12th-14th items: Three (3) empty envelopes addressed to "Mrs. Boyd", two of the envelopes appear to be in Pamela Augusta's hand, one with black postmark stamp from New Orleans, LA, dated January 23, at 4:30 P.M., does not appear to be in Pamela Augusta's hand. Two envelopes with three cent Washington stamps, one red, one green. Note: Some of the later letters (4th-9th items) may have been separated from their original envelopes over the course of time. Letters are cataloged with the envelopes with which they were found. 15th-16th items: A Memoir of the Commerce and Navigation of the Black Sea, and the Trade and Maritime Geography, Vol. I & II, by Henry A.S. Dearborn, 1819. Published by Wells and Lilly, Boston. Octavos, 790 total stipple dot edged pages, hardbound in marbled leather with gilt blind stamped covers, gilt lettering to spine, marbled end papers, red ribbon bookmark to Vol. I. Inscribed "Emily Dearborn Boyd 1911" to front end papers. 9 1/4" H x 5 3/4" W x 1 3/4" D. Late 18th/late 19th century. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)

Condition

1st item: Covers in worn condition, separated from spine. Pages in overall good condition with dampstaining, writing in legible condition. Pages of journal are not completely filled. 2nd item: Covers in overall worn condition. Pages in overall good condition, writing in legible condition. Pages of journal are not completely filled. 3rd-15th items: Overall good condition with foxing spots, toning impressions, dampstaining, tears (primarily along fold lines and wax seals) to be expected from age. Majority of signatures in strong, clear condition. 15th-16th items: Covers in worn condition, corners bumped. Pages with toning, foxing spots, tears, damp staining, pencil marks, etc. to be expected from age. Inscribed "Emily Dearborn Boyd 1911" to front end papers.

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Adams, Dearborn, Boyd Archive, Presidential Interest

Estimate $500 - $700Jul 13