AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, DATED AT FRANKLIN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, JULY 26, 1844, TO JAMES EWING, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, DISCUSSING HIS RECENT EXPERIENCES TRAVELING AND MENTIONING THE UPCOMING WHIG MEETING. "WE HAVE HAD A DRY SEASON SINCE I RETURNED HOME THE CORN CROP IS FAILING VERY FAST BUT THIS DAY IT RAINS CONSTANT WHICH I THINK WILL MAKE A GREAT MANY THOUSAND BUSHELS OF CORN. I THINK A MUCH GREATER BLESSING THAN THE GREAT CLAY WHIG MEETING THAT IS TO TAKE PLACE IN CHAMBERSBURG TODAY. FOR MY PART I CANNOT SEE WHY ANY MORAL, GOOD MAN COULD WISH TO PLACE HENRY CLAY AT THE HEAD OF THE NATION AND LOOK FOR A BLESSING OF PROSPERITY ON THAT NATION. . . [signed] YOUR DEAR FRIEND AND WELLWISHER, WM. LINN"

Franklin County, PA: 1844. Large sheet, folded to folio 8" x 12-1/4". [2], [2 blank] pp. Entirely in blue ink manuscript. Folded for mailing, integral blank leaf addressed to Mr. James Ewing, Burgettstown, Washington, County, Pa., with Shippensburgh postal cancel. Wax seal remnants, minimal wear, light toning. Very Good.

Other than his mention of the Whig gathering, Linn mostly discusses the conditions of "my journey home," apparently from Mexico, traveling with some acquaintances of the Gracey and Kelso families. "One Anderson" was "sometimes very noisy and at other times troublesome," causing him to be confined at different times. Linn and his fellow travelers changed boats due to overcrowding, but on the next boat they experienced "several strange passengers getting on almost at every stopping place" and a captain who was not very accommodating.
The author may have been William Linn [1787-1873] who was a prominent attorney of Franklin County and also served as one of the directors of the Franklin County Poor House from 1837-1839. Genealogy records at Ancestry show marriages between the Linn, Gracey and Kelso families. James Ewing may have been James [born c.1811], a cooper in Burgettstown. [M'Cauley: HISTORICAL SKETCH OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, 1878; Linn's Obituary, Pittsburgh Daily Post, August 5, 1873, p.1.]. Item #37405

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