Franklin County, PA: 1844. Large sheet, folded to folio 8" x 12-1/4". , [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