Small archive of family letters and photographs kept by a Stockbridge, Massachusetts woman. Mrs. John Kimball.

Small archive of family letters and photographs kept by a Stockbridge, Massachusetts woman

Various locations: 1845 – 1871. Unbound. This family record contains five letters, five cdv photographs, and three manuscript stories and poems. All are in nice shape.

The first letter is a “love-letter” that was sent to Mrs. Kimball in Brooklyn from her husband in Boston. From the content it would appear Mrs. Kimble was waiting to rejoin her husband who was completing arrangements to move the family’s possessions to a new home,

“I think we will let all our furniture & boxes remain at the cottage ‘till just before 1st May. I presume you will get everything in readiness before you leave. . . . I hope however that you will come on this week.” It’s easy to see why Mrs. Kimball saved this letter expressing her husband’s love: “I am going to say . . .as much as I can in a few words about my hearts longing desire to see you, & press you to my bosom. I love to think of the fair one who captured my heart. . . . How happy I am in knowing I have [you] for my wife who was the delight of my earliest vision, & was the only one that I ever wanted to by my own. . . . Amor, I do love you & you do me. . . . I lay thinking of you an hour ‘till I fall asleep only to miss you from my side when I awake. . . .”

The second is also from her husband, sent while on a business trip in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1853. In it he notes that he is in

“the garden land of the West & I am really . . . charmed with the beauty of the landscape. . . . Here we could have lands & houses & farms & cattle & stock of living things almost innumerable for what at the East would be a trifle.” He relates that since weather prevented him from taking a lake steamer from Chicago, he took “the stage . . . a long & hard & disagreeable journey [and] I shall not be able to reach home for 5 or six weeks. . . . “ After describing a variety of upcoming rail and stage trips he must take to continue his trip, he closes with sentiments as lovingly expressed as in the first saved letter.

The third letter from Mr. Kimball’s brother humorously describes in detail his new Stockbridge home

“which is neither so spacious nor so airy as a gentleman of my . . . importance would desire [and which] is near a schoolhouse [that] favors with a pretty series of serenades from urchins, by day, . . .& by a nice little company of cats, by night. . . .” He follows with a long description of a newly established academy where he apparently tought school.

The fourth letter from 1857 is a copy of a missive Mrs. Kimball sent to her son in 1857 after he had married and moved, apparently to Iowa, and the fifth is her copy of another that she sent to a granddaughter in 1871 to reassure her of her father’s love and calm her anxiety with regard to attending a boarding school.

Three of the cdv photographs (two of Mrs. Kimball and one of Mr. Kimball) were taken by Boston photographers. A cdv photograph of the couple’s son, John, Jr., was taken by a photographer in Charles City, Iowa, and a cdv photograph of Josephine Kimball (probably a granddaughter) was taken in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Also included are undated manuscript copies of two poems (I have thy love – I know no fear by Edward Lytton Bulwer and The Last Night in the House by O. W. Firleins) and one untitled “Story” by Phinehas Adams. Very good. Item #009173

Price: $175.00

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