Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
A rare mention of seeing notorious Chief Black Hawk, still a captive of the US Government after his defeat in the Black Hawk War while on tour through the major cities of the east coast, 3pp. 4to., written by Charlotte Todd, Balston, [N. Y.], July 17, 1833 to her friend Mary S. Winans, in part: "…we have been through Tennessee, Ohio to the Niagara Falls and we are now landed at Balston Springs. The country is beautiful all through the State of New York…but I do not like the North as well as I do the South. The climate is so cold that it has frozen most of the hearts. There is too much formality among them for me…at Canandaigua we saw Black Hawk and his party. His son [Nah-se-us-kuk, Whirling Thunder] is quite a handsome young man. It is said a lady in New York was so much pleased with him as to kiss him, but I do not expect it is true. Have you seen his letter to his squaw in the papers? We traveled in the stage with an Indian lawyer who was very much of a gentleman, dressed like one and behaved. The Indian character is a very interesting one to me. The railroad passes just in front of our boarding house. We see the steam car pass by four times a day. It goes from here is Saratoga a distance of eight miles in seventeen minutes. What a wonderful invention…Charlotte Todd…". The original postally used transmittal leaf remains attached with negligible paper at the wax seal opening, else VG
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