I have not studied the newspaper text very closely and there are too many significant historical names here for me to go into great detail. I want to focus the text of this description on the most significant items. I will list as briefly I can noteworthy items and recommend interested people search out the names on google to see for themselves the extraordinary assembly of people that reads like a "who's who" in american history. On a philatelic level of value, there are 2 "free" frank stampless covers of the 1840s mailed from Washington DC by Senator Rufus B Choate. Personal card and fragments signed by Edward Everett an eminant political figure.Personal letter and a second fragment signed by Senator Daniel Webster. Several personal letters from George Ripley founder of a Utopian Society and transcendentalist. One note here is mailed from the actual Utopian society of Brook Farm. The October 1791 date is a critical moment in the history of the French Revolution when radicals take over the assembly.
This is likely some form of a propaganda letter. Hand written patent papers in english from King of France Louis XIV granting an exclusive trading monopoly to the Marquis de Crozat in 1712. This grant is probably some kind of old copy translation transcript, but lists rights among others as the right to engage in the slave trade. 2 letters from Everett Peabody who commanded a successful battle in Pittsburg PA and died during the Civil War.Multiple autographs of Nathanial P. Banks first top commander of Union forces during the Civil War, Letter from Rev. Sanitary Fair Commission letter from member Abby W May. Lots of Harvard papers with signatures of president Josiah P Quincy. The Mitchell family is prominant in Harvard history and most of the names mentioned so far have all ties to Harvard.
Now for the most significant items. There are a couple "holy grail" level hand written letters from members of congress dated just prior to Lincoln's presidancy. One letter is written on US House of Representatives official stationary dated Jan 3 1861 and addressed to the Honorable Abraham Lincoln. This official letter is from a member of the Electoral College asking Abraham consider the appointment of Charles F Adams to his cabinet to please the members of massachusettes delegation and secure their votes in the College.Charles F Adams was the grandson of president John Adams and son of President John Q Adams and was serving as a congressman at this time. By other papers here in this album J. H Mitchell appears to have been working as a staff member for Charles F Adams. This is truely a letter that changed the course of history. Charles F Adams was indeed granted a very high position in the Lincoln administation serving as embassador to England. This post was coveted by a senior Massachusettes politician Senator Sumner. Who knows if Sumner would have done as good a job at keeping England neutral during the Civil War. Letter is signed by Michigan senator Zacharia Chandler and J. Mitchell , the man who assembled this album. Chandler is famous in Civil War history for writing his "blood letter" which stated to the effect the Republic was not worth anyhthing at all if not worthy of being saved by a little blood letting. Chandler wrote the letter that in essence called the bluff of the Southen threats at war. A second letter here rises to the level of holy religeous prophesy. Written by a member of congress in January 1 of 1860 to an Honorable J S Reyes exressing GRAVE conserns of imminent DANGER. While others in congress are dismissing threats as MERE threats this congressman senses real DANGER which is underlined. Author duly notes that the capitol is 150 miles inside "slave territory" and surrounded by slave owners. He asks rightly the "what if" about a coup de on or before March 4th, the date of Lincoln's innauguration. Author goes on the say the ":southern mob" now holds the whip over their congressmen.
Who stands to protect the Northern Congressmen should there be an attack? The author also begins a paragraph "Under this IMBICILE administration" referring to President James Buchanan and underlining IMBICILE.There are numerous expression of fear for one's own life and SERIOUS DANGER. The signature on this letter is hard to make out but it appears to be that of Senator John P Hale of NH. I looked through the names of every congressman serving in 1860 and this is the only short name that approximates the signature on this letter. Senator Hale also has ties to Phillip Exeter Academy and Harvard that connect him to the Mithcell family. Also Hale later became the Embassador to Spain and the letter is addressed to and "Honorable Reyes" of Spanish surname. Senator Hale is reported to be one of the names found in the hit list on John Wilkes Booth's dead body. Finally there are a couple letters here from famous Prisoner of War W. He was abruptly imprisoned simply for speaking his mind and writing critical letters to union Newspapers.
He was treated as one of treason. One long letter is pleading his release from prison controlled by General Dix. In closing his letter while pleading his innocence Mr Winder manages to get in his digs critical of the choices made at war... That if only the north had made certain concessions to the South all these tens of millions of dollars in debt and bloodshed could have been avoided.Winder had a family member that sided with the South and became a commander of a prisoner of war camp in the South. Mr Winder survived the war and wrote a book about the secret "Bastile" of the North. In his second letter he seems to be discussing taking a case to the Supreme Court. Most fine old new england estates contain a scrap album of advertising cards, post cards, clippings, and calling cards, but this album is truely remarkable that one man should be so well connected with so many personal friends be substantial historical figures. The item "Amazing estate cache historical letters Civil War era" is in sale since Monday, September 22, 2008. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Political\US\Presidents & First Ladies". The seller is "merchvent" and is located in connecticut. This item can be shipped worldwide.