Item #1225 1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War. J. Bidler, Son.
1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War
1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War
1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War
1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War
1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War

1848 Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War

Rye: 1848. Manuscript Letter to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall Concerning Mexican War, J. Bidler & Son, June 1 and Jan 4, 1848, 7.5 x 9.5 inches, bifolio 4 pp.

Bifolio leaf with manuscript writing on two sides; previous fold lines; there are two tears, 1 inch and 1.5 inches, to edge of back page, content not affected; good condition.

Letter addressed to Colonel Thomas Aspinwell, “Consul General United States of America, London”; an 1848 penny red British postage stamp with diagonal lined cancellation mark is affixed to the last page.

Bifolio contains a one-page “extract” from a letter dated Jan. 4, 1848, to a Mrs. Bones, informing her of the death of her son who had enlisted to fight in the U.S.-Mexican War. He was “taken sick with a fever and died” and Mrs. Bones was to receive $100 per year for 5 years – her son’s wages, if he had lived. However, the letter states that “you must come here [to New York] after it. It won’t be sent to you”.

The other part of the bifolio is a one-page letter to Colonel Aspinwell from his “loyal agent” J. Bidler & Son, detailing the situation of this “poor widow” and asking the Colonel if she could get the money without traveling to New York, and if so, how to go about that. The location of the letter’s origin point is simply noted as “Rye”; unclear if this refers to the city in the state of New York, the town in New Hampshire, or a town in East Sussex, England. An interesting piece of Mexican War ephemera that will leave the reader wanting to know the fate of Mrs. Bones. Worthy of more research. Good. Item #1225

Price: $150.00