Title Two 1857 Autographed Letters Signed, Relating to Passage of Steam Boats on Lake Ontario and the Associated Ticket Costs [ALS]
Book Condition Very Good
Inscription Signed by author
Seller ID 2141918
Two folds associated with storage in an envelope, one faint diagonal fold to bottom third. 1857 ALS. Two ALSs on a single folded sheet, one on the recto of each leaf. The first, dated May 6th 1857, instructs the clerk of an Ontario steamer to obtain tickets and record the associated costs - for travel from Ogdensburgh [Ogdensburg] or Lewiston to Toronto - in his passage book. The second, dated June 16 1857 in Ogdensburgh, details similar costs associated with deck passengers bound for Quebec from Montreal. The verso of the second leaf bears writing in pencil in a different hand referencing a Captain Child and payments for passage made in Quebec and Chicago - this portion is unsigned. The first two letters are both signed by J Van Cleve, who in the 1840s became general manager of the Ontario and St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, which controlled all the larger ships on Lake Ontario. Van Cleve also wrote a history of Great Lakes shipping, and produced a series of drawings of early ships valued for the level of detail they included (most were drawn before photography became a readily accessible technology, so many of his drawings are the only images of these ships).