Buffalo, New York: 1838. Large sheet, 10" x 16", folded to 8" x 10".  pp, completely in ink manuscript. Pages [1-2] contains a letter from Fowler T. Brodhead to his uncle; page  contains a letter from his mother to his uncle; page  is addressed to "Mr. Lucius F. Thayer, Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts" and postmarked "Buffalo, N.Y., Jul 13." Old folds [a few very small holes with loss of only a few letters]. Small hole in outer margin of last page from wax seal [no text affected]. Very Good.
A detailed, interesting description of Buffalo's enthusiastic Fourth of July celebration, and a picture of the early life of one of Buffalo's most prominent teachers. Fowler's mother informs her brother that Fowler does not apply himself. Mrs. Brodhead was exceedingly protective of her only child, who became so dependent on her that, as an adult, he fell mentally ill after her death, abandoned teaching, and became a recluse. He was found dead in the home he had shared with his mother on February 11, 1902, wearing filthy clothes and surrounded by piles of rubbish. It was discovered that he actually had thousands of dollars in savings. ["Man Starves With $4,000 In Savings," THE BUFFALO COURIER, Wednesday, February 12, 1902, page 7.]
Fowler Thayer Brodhead [also Broadhead] [1827-1902] was a linguist as well as a teacher; future President Grover Cleveland was one of his pupils. Fowler became a teacher early, never married, and lived with his parents. Item #32101