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Posted 12/06/2018   6:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Penguins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,
For all of you who are interested in American history, we have just loaded up a letter onto our website written in 1750 from London to Newport Rhode Island, Via New York…. Addressed to Samuel and William Vernon, Merchants. There is a fair amount of information on the internet about this Vernon family, particularly William and their home is now a National Landmark site.

The penmanship of the writer Elias Bland is amazing, and the letter shows what cargoes are being traded at that time.

Here are a couple of Images and a transcription of the complete letter and background can be found on this link

Regards to all,
Ron and Eunice

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Posted 12/06/2018   10:39 pm  Show Profile Check jamesw's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is absolutely beautiful. A real piece of history.
If you google both Samuel and William Vernon of Newport R.I. and Elias Bland of London, you'll come up with lots of sites with info and references on these gents. But note, Elias appears to be a common name in the Bland family, there's lots of different generations.
This is a business letter. But remember it's not just a piece of paper, it's history in your hand. These were real people and this is how they communicated and did business. Pretty awesome!
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Posted 12/07/2018   07:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobmill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gorgeous. But those days are gone forever - penmanship is a lost art.
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Posted 12/07/2018   6:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a cover which fits right into this discussion.

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