D. H. CULBERTSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1839 - HFSID 1253
This letter written to Michael Simpson Culbertson is handwritten and signed by an eager friend, possibly a relative, regarding news at home, available ladies of the town and a visitor's sudden death
Autograph letter signed: “D.H. Culbertson” in brown ink. 4 pages, 7¾x9¾. Shippensburg, January 8, 1839. To “My Dear Friend”, in part: “For a long time I have been writing with Job like patience for communication from you. This evening, greatly to my satisfaction the boy presented me with a letter purporting to be from West Pt-, you may easily immagine [sic] it did not take a second peep at the hand writing to fix uppon [sic] the author. Well surely thinks I he is a pretty clever fellow after all, he has not entirely forgot his friend, I must forgive his [illegible] perhaps he has had his hands full, […] In relation to Miss Emily Makin to use your own expression she is, I believe, not only fair game in one sense of the word, but verry [sic] fair in an other. She however is near you, I mean at Lawrenceville, & can speak for herself, I believe she is pretty nearly of age, as respects the pretty little girls with the ugly name I suppose you are aware that of them has exchanged it for an other not near so handsome nor near as good as your own. […] David Denny of Chambersburg came to town a few mornings since took dinner at angles tavern at hartily immediately after dinner he appeared unwell they took him in to the adjoining room laid him on the settee where he expired in a short time. No person saw him die, his father knew nothing of it until he was taken to his house in his coffin about eleven o'clock at night he was taken from our town in the same car in which he came in in the morning. […] your people are all well. […] Write soon. Please write very soon & verry long”. D.H. Culbertson was a townsperson of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Signer merits further research. Written to Mr. Simpson Culbertson- Michael Simpson Culbertson (1819-1862) was an American Presbyterian clergyman, missionary to China, academic and author. He attended the US Military Academy at West Point and served at Rouses Point, New York, during the Aroostook War. In 1841, Second Lieutenant Culbertson resigned his commission to study theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was sent as a missionary to China by the American Presbyterian Mission where he served from 1845 to 1862, when he died of cholera in Shanghai. Parts of letter written perpendicularly across body of text. Toned. Edges creased and torn on right margin. Horizontal and vertical mailing folds. Ink mark and wax seal residue on verso. Signature in fine condition.
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