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My Sunday Afternoon- Transcribing an 1845 Letter

Posted in Shop Talk  by Steven on January 2nd, 2011

Here’s an example of how I have spent my New Year’s weekend: transcribing documents such as this 1845 letter discussing outgoing President Tyler and incoming President Polk,  written to Adam J Glossbrenner, who’d just been hired by the office of the Clerk of the US House of Representatives. This is the first of four pages:

I take items such as this on commission for clients, finding the “hidden value” that others miss. For example, the recent letter to the Buchanan White House that was written by the US Treasury agent who was given the famous orders to “shoot on the spot” any man that tore down the US colors in New Orleans. (Those orders referred to the US Revenue cutter McClelland, which had been taken over for the South by its captain, not the US Treasury building in New Orleans, as some sources claim.)

For those interested in stampless covers as I am, I’ll post the address sheet of this letter later.