[Cincinnati]: circa 1855. Unbound. One-page undated letter from Master Charles David of the Steamer Express to the Captain Benedict of the Steamboat Jane Franklin at Cincinnati, Ohio. The letter is in nice shape; the envelope has some wear and soiling. This reads in part: "We send a bill pricing cost of damages done Steamer Express by the collision on the evening of the 17th which you will much oblige us by paying. As we were in our night plan and stopped and backed as soon as we saw you coming at us. We are glad that it was no worse, as it would have been had we not used every exertion to avoid it, while your boat did not back at all." Very good. Item #008915
The envelope is unfranked and unpostmarked indicating that it was not sent through the postal service. Rather, it was probably hand delivered to the Jane Hamilton at Cincinnati, no doubt soon after it had rammed the Express. The Jane Franklin had a similar collision with the riverboat Ben Courson in 1854. The Jane Franklin was a 169-ton wooden hull packet launched at Freedom, Pennsylvania in 1851 that operated primarily out of Cincinnati until it was destroyed in 1859. The Express was launched at Pittsburgh in 1851 and operated between Cincinnati and Marietta, Ohio.