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h105.jpg (184925 bytes)1797 LOTTERY TICKET WASHINGTON CANAL.  Lottery ticket. 1 ¾ x 4 ¼, issued to raise funds "FOR CUTTING THE CANAL THROUGH THE CITY OF WASHINGTON TO THE EASTERN BRANCH HARBOUR." Signed by NOTLEY YOUNG, dated on verso March 14, '97 (1797). In December 1795 the Maryland legislature authorized Notley Young and Daniel Carroll of Duddington to hold two annual lotteries to raise the $52,550 required to cut a canal through Washington, D.C. Numerous tickets were issued but, for the most part, on credit. The legislature demanded an accounting of the proceeds from the lottery managers but were told no money had been made. The third largest land-holder in the new city of Washington was Notley Young, who held nearly all the land in the center of the city and on the river front between Seventh and Eleventh streets. He acquired wealth from sales and leases of his property, and erected a substantial residence on G Street south, overlooking the Potomac.  (H.105); $225.  


1850 CHICAGO - CHOLERA  EPIDEMIC LETTER.  10" x 8" 0ne page pen written, from Chicago 1850 from George Roberts to his brother William (in Grand Rapids). Stampless cover ,red 5 cancellation. (H.767 ); $125.

Chicago, Aug. 3.1850 
Brother William 
I arrived in Chicago early Saturday morning had rather a time on the lake but got along quite well . I found that many of my old aquaintances & old residences had died.
During my absence the Cholera has been quite severe during my absence & many are quite sick now with fevers. I think the cholera is rather abating, not quite so much of it as there has been but a good deal of it is at present, there was a man near the States well & hearty yesterday , weighed 200 lbs, about 27 years old died last night, there is a great many sick in Town. I hope to keep well (that is) so that I can live through the month of August, the sickly season. (?) news some sea sick found Mr. Brook & Parker had gone down the Canal when she returned. The boys had not sold much of anything in my absence. I told them that I did not think I should pay a week without selling 500 at least. I was a little disappointed but it cannot be expected that it would go off quite as well as if I had been here. Tell Father he may select a piece of paper to write his name & I will be obliged to him for the amount of $500. Yours in haste
From Your Brother 
Geo. R. R.


ALS 1835 NEW YORK CITY FIRE.  Four page, 10” x 8”pen manuscript letter dated: SINGED PLACE, SCORCHED ROW, DEC. 1, 1835. A very nicely written letter from an eye witness to this large fire that hit New York in 1835. [This famous fire was first done in picture print by N. Currier in 1835]. The author of the letter is a young lady seated in a cold cellar writing the letter, writing to her brother. She begins w/ family talk (her father arriving and falling off the boat, about going to Philadelphia, Washington and then on to Richmond.), but then turns her attentions to the fire: "we were at the University as usual listening to Dr. Skinner.....we were startled to hear the words, FIRE, FIRE, TURN OUT., at first no one obeyed the call, but pretty soon a young arose and went out, but soon came back, sat down, and looked as if nothing was happening.....then another youth came in...Lucy's little eyes teared up for fear of the baby being in a house., ..the fire took hold the carpenter shop, and the buildings opposite, one house was burning....we sat as the men went out., some prayers and hymns but our minds were not on the present., ...when we went out the whole block was in flames....the wind was high...a large crowd was gathering...windows were breaking from the heat....." she goes on and on about the destruction., the people killed, people going in all directions, the water and the wind affecting the fire, much more. A nicely detailed letter; the vast majority is very legible, however she ends the letter in very tiny writing and cross writing to get in the most information (which unfortunately makes the reading a bit strained). Folded as a stampless letter with postal markings from New York dated Dec. 3, with hand written rate of18. (H.760) $275.

h500.jpg (612780 bytes)PANIC OF 1819 LETTER. Baltimore, June 1, 1819. Stampless letter, Benjamin D. Hidgon (Benjamin Downing Higdon ) to John Liggat in Lynchburg Va. 11” x 8 ½”. 2 ½ pp pen manuscript. Good legible cond, some separation along a few fold lines, back page torn and missing a quarter of page, not affecting any text.  (H.500);$120.

In part
June 1 1819
Dear Sir
From my letter a few days to you a few days ago you will have anticipated   on some measure the calamity which now pervades our city – business is nearly at a stand still and confidence is lost among us.  We are however undergoing a severe but I trust a salutary operation, and in a little time I have no doubt things will wear a more cheery aspect. From the malconduct of some of some of the officers of the United States branch bank at this place, it was thought expedient to examine with strictness the conduct of other officers of some of the money institutions.The result has been of disposal of  Mr. Hagenbottom. William Burt and some others in the Union bank for the most outrageous conduct in squandering and almost giving away the money of the bank… These reports as you will readily conceive  were well calculated to impair public confidence and a considerable run was on Saturday last.  The City Bank was not prepared to meet the emergency but  the others being so well prepared their counters  literally covered  with dollars,  that on a short time the demand ceased in the crowd which was a few exceptions consisted of the lower class soon disbursed with satisfaction and I had been  told that some were seen coming back carrying back the dollars to the bank from whence they had a short time previous received . So that confidence in our banks has once more resumed her station, except the City Bank, which from the statement I have seen must I think wind up its concerns, it has been most shamefully managed.  ( Goes on for another half page regarding other financial issues).
Yours, Benj. D. Higdon

The Panic of 1819 was the first major peacetime financial crisis in the United States followed by a general collapse of the American economy persisting through 1821.  The Panic announced the transition of the nation from its colonial commercial status with Europe  toward a dynamic economy, increasingly characterized by the financial and industrial imperatives of laissez-faire capitalism

sm295.jpg (805224 bytes)SHEET MUSIC –CHICAGO FIRE – PITY THE HOMELESS - LITHOGRAPH COVER - 1871  Sheet music, 10 3/4 x 14.  1871.  5pp.  Graphic lithograph . Exhibits some wear and soiling, a few small tears around the edges,  overall VG- Fine condition. (Sm 295); $165. 

h776.jpg (110617 bytes)CHICAGO FIRE. Sheet music. 10 3/4" x 14".1871, 5pp. Complete. "From the Ruins Our City shall Rise". Scarce music, however has large stain , foxing and split spine.(H.776); $80. `

Johnstown Flood

h773.jpg (96883 bytes) JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. Albumen photograph 5 7/8" x 8 1/8" , on 11" x 14 cream mount. View of the aftermath of the great Johnstown Pennsylvania flood of May 31, 1889. Imprinted caption "The Ruins at Johnstown, After the Flood, May 31, 1889, along w/ (photographer)  Rothengatter & Dillon Photo's 912 Arch St. Philadephia. Pa. Printed on verso is their list of views; they published 15 views and 4 stereoviews of the disaster. This is pencil noted as No.3 View of Stony Creek River above Johnstown. Image is fine, mount has some soiling and t/r corner has crease. (the scan has cropped the perimeter of the mount).(H.773); $145.

h786.jpg (64503 bytes)JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. Cabinet Card, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4". View of the aftermath of the  Johnstown flood. New York Gallery, Reading ,Pa. imprint. Overall VG. (H.786); $125. 

h784.jpg (73605 bytes)JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. Cabinet Card, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4". View of the aftermath of the  Johnstown flood. New York Gallery, Reading ,Pa. imprint. Overall VG. (H.784); $125.

 h780.jpg (69842 bytes)JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. Cabinet Card, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4". View of the aftermath of the  Johnstown flood, showing the build up of debris along the bridge. New York Gallery, Reading ,Pa. imprint. Exhibits some soiling, overall VG. (H.780); $125. 

h759.jpg (53336 bytes)JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. 1889 Sheet music. 14" x 10 3/4. 5pp. complete. "The Johnstown Food. Pathetic Song & Refrain". Good graphic litho cover, split spine, ownership name  at top, o/w VG. (H. 759)$95. 

sm004.jpg (222990 bytes)SHEET MUSIC - JOHNSTOWN FLOOD 1889. Five Thousand Lost at JOHNSTOWN! .1889, Complete, Scarce music, however exhibits heavy use and wear, dampstaining on left edge, edge chipping and tears. (SM.04);$36.00



sm032.jpg (339961 bytes)GALVESTON FLOOD. THE TERRIBLE TEXAS STORM. 1900 sheet music, "The Terrible Texas Storm” 14” x 10 1/4” , complete . Cover art of devastation “A Beautiful Song portraying in Words and Music the Awful Calamity at Texas, Sept 8th, 1900. Not seen this title before, spilit spine, exhibits light use and wear, overall Vg-Fine . (Sm.32); $75. 
The Hurricane of 1900 hit the city of Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900. The hurricane caused great loss of life with the estimated death toll between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals; the number most cited in official reports is 8,000.




h763.jpg (181095 bytes)SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE NEWSPAPER. Original and complete April 20, 1906 The Washington Post, Washington. Features bold headlines announcing “Homeless Thousands Flee Before Fiery Avalanche” , with accompanying articles detailing the ruin and destruction following the great earthquake and subsequent fire. The newspaper consists of 8 pages, a large amount devoted to the event. The newspaper is in good condition, a somewhat pulpish paper, though stable should be handled with some care. The are some tears, and some weakening along the fold lines.(H.763); $SOLD.
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was a major earthquake that struck San Francisco, CA and the coast of Northern California at 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. The earthquake and resulting fire is remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the US. The death toll from the earthquake and resulting fire, estimated to be above 3,000 is the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history


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