Death of James B Longacre

RogerBRogerB Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

Letter announcing the death of U.S. Mint Engraver James B. Longacre of typhoid.

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  • StuartStuart Posts: 9,231 ✭✭✭

    Very Cool Roger. Thanks for posting.

    In those days people gave more thought to the sentiments and content of what they wrote, and took more time to capture their thoughts in beautiful script.


    Stuart

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  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 1,073 ✭✭✭

    His legacy was left to circulate and be held in all of our hands even to this day....................

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  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,199 ✭✭✭✭

    Transcribed by Linderman's secretary as his signature is vastly different than the text.

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  • goldengolden Posts: 4,275 ✭✭✭✭

    Very cool.

  • rickoricko Posts: 51,867 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting document.... Such penmanship in the old days, now I understand, it is no longer taught in schools... Cheers, RickO

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Most letters were dictated to a clerk who took the message in shorthand, then transcribed it into manuscript or typed format. As those who collect historical documents know, there is a large value difference between a letter with Lincoln's signature (not an autopen) and one written and signed in his own handwriting.

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 23,547 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Longacre is dead? I didn't even know that he was sick!!!!!!

    ;)

    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.--Ben Franklin
  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Did Consuela confirm that? Who gets his silk smoking jacket?

  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 3,226 ✭✭✭✭

    The good old days - Typhoid fever.

    :)

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 16,531 ✭✭✭✭

    cool

  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,199 ✭✭✭✭

    There is dedication for you - he waited until his shift was though. He passed at 5:00 P.M. on a Friday.

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  • BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 674 ✭✭✭✭

    @EagleEye said:
    There is dedication for you - he waited until his shift was though. He passed at 5:00 P.M. on a Friday.

    What is notable is that he seems to have died on New Year's Day. Mortally ill people have this thing about hanging on until just after holidays and other small milestones in the calendar.

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was gravely ill and on Jan 1, William Barber was designated as Acting Engraver.

  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 13,276 ✭✭✭✭✭

    She didn't even know how to spell the first month. What is Jany???

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Clerks at the time were always male. "Jan'y" was a common abbreviation. Many similar abbreviations were in common use. :)

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