Cover title: The Colton Letters. Declaration of Huntington that Congressmen are for Sale. No place or date, but c. 1895. 8vo, 12 pp, stapled wrappers. Mild toning to edges, small sticker on front cover, short closed tears to front wrapper near head and foot of spine; very good. Following a scathing, anonymous introduction, this pamphlet reprints excerpts from private letters from Collis P. Huntington to David Colton, Financial Director of the Central Pacific. The letters -- which became public when Colton's widow produced them in court to support her claim that the "Big Four" were trying to defraud her -- provided clear evidence that Huntington had engaged in a pattern of bribing, deceiving, and manipulating congressmen and otherwise influencing legislation to favor the interests of the Railroad and its promoters. Publication of the letters in the press and in this pamphlet (which was also sent to members of Congress, possibly by San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro) significantly damaged the reputation of the Railroad among the public, and helped lead to the defeat of a the Pacific Railroad Funding Bill of 1896. Cowan p. 137.
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Philadelphia: Jay Cooke & Co., . Softcover. Very good. 8vo, pp 46, , in original wrappers printed in red and black. Light staining to wrappers and top margin of first leaf, all else very good. Map on rear cover. Published while the Railroad's transcontinental track was still under construction, this pamphlet sought to reassure current investors and draw in new ones. In addition to detailing progress in construction, it describes the scope of the land granted to the line, which extended up to fifty miles on either side of the route and could be exploited for resources and sold to settlers, prospectors, and investors. The text touts the agricultural potential of Montana (citing a variety of authorities on climate and soil); the mining potential of Montana, Idaho, and Washington; and the timber resources and harbor traffic of the Puget Sound region--all of which, it is argued, make the railroad's financial success all but certain.
Lamoni, IA: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Undated, c. 1890. 8vo, pp. 15, , stapled self-wrappers. Paper brittle and chipped at the corners, else very good. Number 44 in a series of anti-Mormon tracts published by the Reorganized Church (which separated from the main body of the church in 1844 following the death of Joseph Smith), this pamphlet is dedicated to subject of plural marriage (vehemently opposed by the RDLS church) and was published in response to the 1890 "Woodruff Manifesto," in which Mormon church president Wilford Woodruff officially advised against any further practice of polygamy. The "Epitome of the Faith and Doctrines" of the RLDS church (which state, among other things, "we believe that the doctrines of a plurality and a community of wives are heresies, and are opposed to the law of God") is printed on the final page of the pamphlet. Flake 177.
Boston: John Boyles, 1772. 16mo, 217 pp (continuously paged) + subscribers list. Contemporary full calf binding. A good copy: front joint partially cracked, lacking free endpapers; text clean and binding sound. Wise, a Congregational minister and political activist, was known for his colorful rhetoric and vigorous defense of the right of individual congregations to self-governance -- which he linked directly to political autonomy. His eloquent defense of American liberty made his most influential pamphlets, the Churches Quarrel (first published in 1710) and A Vindication (first published 1717) particularly appealing to readers in 1772 as the colonial crisis worsened. Grolier American 100 #7 (referring to the first edition of the Vindication); Sabin 104901; Howes W-595.
Putney, VT: 1843. Two issues of this early John Humphrey Noyes newspaper, pre-dating the establishment of the Oneida Community. Each issue is 4 pp, 11.5 x 15.75 inches. Disbound from a larger volume with small holes at spine from removal, horizontal center fold, else fine. Having had his newly granted ministerial license revoked (for declaring that he had reached a perfect state of sinlessness), John Humphrey Noyes moved to Putney, Vermont in 1836. There he founded a society of "Bible communists" who lived communally and began to experiment with complex marriage, male continence, mutual criticism, and other practices that would become the hallmarks of the better known Oneida Community. Noyes used The Perfectionist to publicize and expound on his understanding of perfection as "the ability, through Christ's grace, to attain perfect holiness of intent, or perfection of the spirit, that rendered perfect obedience to the outward letter of the law a matter of secondary importance" (Wayland-Smith, Oneida, p. 29). The paper also carried news of the doings of other religious movements and correspondence from followers who lived elsewhere.
Pittsburgh: W.S. Haven, 1866. First Edition. 12mo, in original black boards stamped in blind and gilt. A near fine copy, with small chips at spine ends, minor foxing to endpapers, otherwise very clean. The Harmony Society was a separatist, millennialist sect founded in Germany in the 1780s by Johann George Rapp (1757-1847) and his adopted son, Frederick Rapp (1775-1834). Seeking greater spiritual and religious freedom, a few members of the group traveled to the United States, where they purchased 3000 acres in Butler, Pennsylvania, in 1804. The following year, approximately 400 followers of the Rapps arrived, and the American incarnation of the Harmony Society was formed, with all property held in common. Within ten years, "the Harmonists boasted a village of 130 houses, 3,000 acres of farming, a thriving livestock herd, and many buildings for their industrial enterprises" (Penn State Library). They moved the community to the newly founded town of New Harmony, Indiana, in 1814, and in 1824 they migrated for a final time to Economy, Pennsylvania. Aaron Williams joined the Society in 1865 and "set about writing its history, using documents and traditional stories that had been preserved by the original colonists and their descendants. [His book] is the best account available of one of the most successful communistic societies in America" (Adams, Radical Literature). Howes W-445; Streeter 4278.
Sag-Harbor: Alden Spooner, 1808. 12mo, 144 pp, with engraved frontis portrait of the author. Original paper-covered wooden boards with calf spine. Two ownership inscriptions of Persis Booth (b. 1790, Addison, VT), dated 1815 and 1820, on front free endpaper. Boards edgeworn, mild to moderate foxing throughout, frontispiece partially detached; still about very good. Sabin 8983. Buell, an acolyte of Jonathan Edwards who came of age during the Great Awakening (graduating from Yale in 1741), was one of the leaders of the wave of religious revivals that swept New England and the Mid-Atlantic states in the mid 1760s. The title of this work, like several other revival narratives of the era, openly acknowledges the author's debt, both literary and spiritual, to Edwards' highly influential Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God (1737). Buell's account of the 1764 revival among his Long Island congregation was first published in 1766. This edition adds a sketches of his life and those of his daughter and son, as well as short accounts of two other periods (1785 and 1800) of uncommon religious enthusiasm in Buell's community. The effects of such revivals, he concludes, "were highly salutary. The vestiges of scepticism and infidelity were swept away; and differences and prejudices, which had long interrupted the peace of society, were happily healed."
Springfield, Mass. Star Publishing Co., . 4.5 x 7.5 inches, sewn wrappers. pp. 65-91,  (publisher's ads). Slight foxing to rear wrapper, else fine. Papers Sixteen to Twenty-Two of a series purportedly delivered by deceased newspaper editor Samuel Bowles through the mediumship of Carrie Twing. Among the subjects "Bowles" discusses are the use of phrenology to determine marital compatibility, the need for tolerance among Spiritualists, and how cyclones appear to spirits. Most notably, he reports on a meeting and reconciliation between President James Garfield and his recently executed assassin Charles Guiteau in the afterlife and condemns the use of capital punishment.
Auburn, NY: D.M. Osborne. Undated, but 1890s. 64 pp, 6 x 9 inches, oblong, in color pictorial wrappers showing a domestic scene in which the (presumed) lady of the house is holding a copy of this very catalogue. A good copy with some foxing and soiling throughout, early owner's name on first page, minor chipping to front wrapper. The Osborne Company manufactured harvesters, mowers, harrows, cultivators, and other farm machinery and equipment. This well-illustrated catalogue certainly advertises their products, but, as noted in the Preface, "in furnishing you this issue have sacrificed a large part of the book usually given to the description of our machines to what we term 'valuable information for house and farm." This includes an article on how to build a silo, tables of weights and measures of use for farming and construction, advice on raising poultry and on the care of horses and harnesses, and 12 pages of recipes for cakes, puddings, pies, waffles, doughnuts, and a range of main dishes from codfish balls to rabbit pie.
New York: Forest and Stream Publishing, 1905. First Edition. 244 pp, with Introduction by Hilma S. Sieber, six full-page b/w plates by Russell and two photographic portraits. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "W.T. Hamilton, Columbus, Mont, Nov 21st 1905." Red cloth boards show very minor insect damage, light sunning to spine and top edge, a few pages with light soiling. Very good. Memoir of William Thomas Hamilton (1822-1908), who became an Indian fighter in the 1850s and traveled extensively in California, the Northwest, and the Plains. In 1858 he set up a trading post in what became Missoula, Montana and, while trading, held various jobs as county sheriff, Indian agent, and army scout. Graff (1759) comments that Hamilton was renowned as a skilled sign-talker and that he "tells some mighty fine stories." See also Yost 24; Howes H-139; Rader 1755. Uncommon signed.
. Single sheet, 8.5 x 11 inches, with chipping to top edge, archival tape repair to verso; very good. Typed flyer calling on "suffragists and all daughters of the Volunteer State" to attend a convention in Nashville that would be simultaneously the final meeting of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Association and the first convention of the Tennessee Woman Voters' League. The new League "is planned to make a more intelligent electorate by the intensive study of citizenship and to promote better legislation. The departments include American Citizenship, Child Welfare, Protection of Women in Industry, Social Hygiene, Civil Status of Women, and Food Supply and Demand. It is non-partisan, in order to include women of all parties, and hence make better Democrats and better Republicans." With typed signatures of the presidents of several Tennessee women's organizations. An interesting piece marking the transitional moment when those who had struggled so long for the vote could at last turn their attention to making "the ballot a benefit in education, character, and good citizenship for the home, the community, and the state." Accompanied by an unused League of Women Voters pledge card.
Ashland, Ohio: Brethren Publishing House, 1887. First Edition. 8vo, 160 pp, with frontis portrait of the author. Publisher's blue cloth with title stamped in gilt. Boards edgeworn and lightly soiled, offsetting on two pages where a fern was once pressed, a few other pages with minor soiling. Advised to travel for her health, Miss Wood set out from her Virginia home in May of 1880. Despite being rather feeble and ill-equipped for solo travel, she managed to cover more than 3,500 miles via rail, carriage, streetcar, and sleigh over the course of nine months. Her narrative includes more scripture-quoting than most of us care to read, but there are also interesting details of places she visited, among them the Studebaker wagon factories in South Bend, Indiana, a cheese factory in Lanark, Illinois, and a Kindergarten (then a relatively new form of education) in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. She hits every tourist spot in Niagara Falls, visits the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the Mint in Philadelphia, and tours a variety of schools, hospitals, orphanages, and religious institutions.
Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1856. First Edition. 8vo, pp x, 466, , in original publisher's cloth. Rubbing to extremities, contemporary ownership signature on title page and preface; very good. A posthumously published collection of writings by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), edited by her brother, who hoped to soften his sister's reputation as a feminist and Transcendentalist and defend her reputation against damage done by her sudden marriage to the younger (and Catholic) Marchese d'Ossoli. This volume includes an abridged version of Summer on the Lakes (an account of travels in travels in the West published in 1843); the first book appearance of the articles she wrote as foreign correspondent--and the first paid female journalist in the United States--for the New York Tribune; and her account (in the form of letters home) of the Italian revolutions of 1848, during which she worked in a hospital in Rome. A final section offers three different accounts (one by Bayard Taylor) of the shipwreck that led to the tragic death of Fuller and her family, as well as several memorial poems. Sabin 57813, BAL 6504.
Springfield, MA: D.E. Fisk & Company, . Small 8vo, pp. xiv, , 500, xvii- xxiii,  (ads) + 14 wood-engraved plates showing women engaged in various occupations. Publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A good copy, sound and internally clean, but with silverfish damage and light soiling to the boards, corners rubbed through. Originally self-published in 1862, this was one of the first books to offer women detailed, practical advice on how to earn a living. Penny (1826-1913) gave up her teaching job to spend three years systematically researching the book, interviewing thousands of workers and employers in person and via mail-in questionnaires. The result was a compendium of more than five hundred occupations available to women of all educational and skill levels, with details on the work involved, salary (and gender differentials in pay), qualifications needed, length of working day, potential health effects, and prospects for advancement for each job. Among the jobs described: reporter, swimming teacher, dentist, translator, wax figure modeler, colorist, newspaper agent, snuff packer, bill poster, tavern keeper, traveling companion, baker, cheesemaker, florist, bookkeeper, taxidermist, map engraver, physician, editor, and, of course, author. Penny also wrote Think and Act: A Series of Articles Pertaining to Men and Women, Work and Wages (1869), which offered further analysis of the labor market and the problem of gender discrimination, and went on to operate an employment agency for women and to lecture widely in support of women's wage equality and voting rights.
New York: War Camp Community Service, 1918. Four-page pamphlet printed in red and blue. 3.5 x 6 inches when folded. Near fine. The War Camp Community Service (WCCS) was a secular social service organization that sought to boost morale and keep American troops in homefront training camps out of trouble by providing access to a range of wholesome recreational activities--among them organized athletics, dances, concerts, picnics, and sightseeing excursions. This pamphlet provides a summary of the history and mission of the organization and seeks donations to support its work. For each dollar donated by August 31, 1919, WCCS promises to spend 87 cents on the general operation of 312 camp communities around the country, 9 cents for "special facilities and activities for colored soldiers and sailors," and the remainder for housing for enlisted men on leave and training for WCCS staff. But wait, there's more! "This will not mark the end of your dollar! It will be compounded manifold! A great reserve fund of community hospitality and service is waiting to be released by the organization and equipment which your War Camp Community Service dollar will provide."