WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 35386
Sale Price $198.00
WILLIAM HIRAM RADCLIFFE
The young electrical engineer writes to his betrothed, discussing his impending move to Schenectady, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter fragment signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat. Missing first few pages, letter begins in middle. In full: "you for making the sacrifices you did - especially that night when I asked you to answer the question "Yes or No??" for ever and you finally answered "yes" and sealed the same with a kiss. If you had asked me what one thing you had done for me while there, I appreciated most - I should have answered "this". It proved exclusively that you trusted your Brother, and may I always be worthy of the trust, so kindly given. Well, when I reached R. it was still snowing, I took the old horse-chestnut-the stage up, and found Father and Mother just finishing dinner - they were both surprised to see me so soon but nevertheless, happily so. They were very interested in hearing about you all and also our exploring trips. Father had written to Schenectady early in the week telling them of my absence from home and that probably I would not be back till the last of the week. He also asked them to hold the place for me. He received word later in the week that Monday would do just as well, consequently, I have been resting my pedal extremities since I returned and expect to start tomorrow morning for the Works. Will stop at "The Edison" for a day or two till I find a suitable boarding place. If I like the work, expect to return in a week or so and get my trunk - as I will then know better what I require. Now, my darling, do not forget to write good long letters to me while there telling me any and every old thing - as you promised me you would; and as I have told you before do not forget your dear, sweet, little self that is the "bestest" kind of news you can send me. Tell me all about your cold, how, when and where you got rid of it - I shall be very anxious to her. And if you join the Gym classes, when I hope you will, tell me all about that - If that snow storm I encountered on my way up had not come, there would have been fine skating on the river, as they said it was very good before that. But it has been entirely out of the question since. Have you bought your skates yet? I forgot to tell you, when buying, get either those manufactured by Barney and Berry or by Peck and Snyder. Their styles are the best. How do those monograms adhere to the fan? And have you found "Sleepy Hollow" yet? You must pardon the length of my letter this time as it getting so dark I can hardly see the paper. And as I have not everything packed yet, by a good deal, will close. In closing, I wish to thank you all once again for making my visit such a pleasant one. Please remember me to your Father and give my love to your Mother - of course, reserving a goodly share for yourself. No knowing just where I will locate in Schenectady, at present - you may direct your next letter to Rhinebeck and they will forward it to me. Hoping to hear you have entirely recovered from the sore-throat, etc. Next time, I remain, Your loving brother". William H. Radcliffe (b. 1873) graduated from Harvard University in May 1896, and worked as an electrical engineer and professor. Radcliffe wrote Telephone Instruments, Their Operation, Arrangement and Management in 1913 and Home Study Course in Practical Electricity in 1916. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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