Lot 684: ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, December 17, 1853. Letter to John Tucker Prince, in part: "You ask for some anecdote of a journey I made with your father Captain Prince, about forty years since...It was the dead of winter, our destination Marthas Vineyard!-Something equal to the North Pole... In the course of my expedition with your [father] we crossed from the mainland to Marthas Vin[eyard] in an open boat in rather moist weather. [While] warming ourselves at a public house near the landing a tall lank fellow came in from fishing or boating, with a woebegone face and dripping like a merman. He took off a Stov[e] hat soaking wet, that being about his head like the ears of an elephant and giving a whisk wi[th] it that nearly put out the fire just beginning to kindle 'I wish I was cleverly dead!' cried he. 'I don't care how cleverly you die' my friend replied your father, 'but I'd thank you not to kill the fire.' It was during this expedition that I gave your father the razors you speak of; which, however keen they may be, were nothing to compare in keenness to the wintery blasts we encountered." In very good condition, with a portion of right edge of third page torn away (omitting several words of the text), intersecting folds, a few tears to edges, and slight scattered soiling.
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