Emily’s father tried to protect her from reading books that might "joggle" her mind and her religious faith. Edward Dickinson was a lawyer besides serving as the treasurer of the college. Emily's Grandfather was one of the college’s founders. Edward Dickinson was also an active town official, served in the court of Massachusetts, the State Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. It is likely that Dickenson also pen cancelled the US Revenue stamp. - $75.
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This is a stampless four page lettersheet to a merchant and ship owner from his son, serving his aprenticeship on one of his father's ships. Abraham Sawyer was father of, first, Charles E. Sawyer the writer of this sea letter, and later Samuel E. Sawyer. In this letter Charles refers to himself as "your only son," so Samuel is not yet born. Abraham Sawyer was a merchant and ship owner and on his death in 1815 the business passed to his sons. We assume that Samuel was born between 1810 and 1815. We know that he was alive and well to the late 1880s. He was personally very active in the pursuit of his family's claims during the Alabama trials and Geneva Claims in the 1880s. Charles was a sea captain while Samuel was a behind the desk landsman. Much of the material in our maritime archive is from the Sawyer family correspondence. Ships owned by the Sawyers included, Sarah L. Bryant, Jewess, Prima Donna, Annie M. Kelly, and others.
(transcription of Letter)
Addressed to: Mr. Abraham Sawyer, Jnr.
Gloucester, Cape Ann
Parimaribo (Surinam) Sep. 3, 1810,
This is wrote by your only son and to inform you I am in a state of good health at present and I trust we shall be ready to sail in the course of 8 or 10 days from the above date.
We are looking now for two punts from the country which I expect will
bring us 45 hides each which will be as much as we shall take on cargo.
We little expect freight of 40 hides if it is ready when we have our
cargo in. Otherwise we shall not take it but it will not detain us but
two days. If we take this freight we shall go into Boston. I have
nothing more particular to write but to inform you the Boy and and most
of our crew has been very sick. The Capt. is now not very well but is
getting better. I must close. Give my respects to all, Grandmama
Dolliver and all inquiring friends.
Charles E. Sawyer
The Capt. Has been informed that it is not likely he will be detained in Berbice (Guyana) but few days.
Aimee Semple McPherson was born in 1890. After leaving her second husband in 1915, she became a revival preacher. In 1923 she dedicated the Angelus Temple in 1923. The present piece is dated 1926, the year she fell from grace. It is largely believed that she faked her own kidnapping to spend a five week tryst with the KFSG radio station's engineer. She retained a hard corps congregation, stood trial at which all charges were dropped, and died in 1944.
We have received an eMail with the following information: "I thought that you might be interested in knowing that it was just two days before this commencement ceremony, on June 23, 1926, that Aimee walked out of an Arizona bordertown following her disappearance into the Venice, California surf on May 18th. A day long memorial service had been held for her on June 20th."