Lot 231: Samuel F. B. Morse

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-06 13:04:57

Lot 231: Early ALS signed "Sam'l F. B. Morse," one page, 8 x 9.75, September 2, 1819. Letter to Reverend Elias Cornelius in Salem, Massachusetts. In part: "Thanks to a kind Providence, we also can rejoice in mercy; This morning at 8 o'clock, my dear Lucretia presented me with a fine daughter; she had an easy illness, and is doing exceedingly well…I received your friendly note announcing your happiness; I sincerely rejoice with you…There is a joy in such an event as this, but it is a solemn joy when we think of it, in all its vast connections, the beginning of an eternity to two souls!" In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a few unobtrusive repairs, block of toning to the left edge, and some brushing to ink. Morse's eldest daughter, Susan Walker Morse, became the subject of his 1837 painting 'The Muse,' which represented a period of transition from his career as an artist to that of an inventor. An 8 x 10 color photo of 'The Muse' is included, along with two additional photos of a painting Morse did of himself and his daughter together at the Louvre. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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