1835 · Hudson, NY
Hudson, NY: William B. Stoddard, 1835. Softcover. G- (Original soft covers have average age and soiling; outermost pages have some foxing; most pages are generally clean, only with bleed-through aging of print blocks; issue #4 is bound after issue #6 and all 26 are present; good for its age.). Aqua paper wraps with black tape spine, 204 pp. The subtitle of this periodical says it all: "Devoted to Polite Literature, such as moral and sentimental tales, biography, traveling sketches, notices of new publications, poetry, amusing miscellany, humorous and historical anecdotes, &c. &c." Published in the Hudson River valley of upstate New York for its nearby residents and for readers beyond. This batch of 26 bi-weekly issues offers quite an interesting array of pieces. Biographical sketches include Ethan Allen, Pocohontas, James Sheridan Knowles, Kosciusko, General William Moultrie, and the Marquis de Lafayette, whose death on May 20, 1834, is reported on in detail here. Two stories from Washington Irving appear: "Description of the Grand Pawnee Village" and "Dispatch from the Grand Pawnees." Also notable is the William Piatt piece, "The Wife of the Susquehannah." Each issue also includes lists of marriages and deaths from this part of the valley, as well as "Letters Containing Remittances, Received at this Office." These tidbits make for great fun for historians and genealogists alike.
(Inventory #: 152635)