Lot 39WEBSTER, NOAH
Autograph letter signed. Single page on a folded sheet with integral address leaf retaining remains of seal, 13 lines, Hartford, dated August 2nd, 1791, addressed William Young, bookseller, Philadelphia, with Young's notation of receipt (the same day). Small tear from seal to blank panel, usual folds. Framed with a portrait. With Charles Hamilton's old label on frame back.
Noah Webster writes to his publisher. "Yours of a late date, accepting my offer of ten pounds a year for the Institute issue. The share of books coming to me this year may go for the first payment as you mention. I will send my bond for the other payments, by some private conveyance very soon. I have no claim to any alterations in the 2nd part. I will thank you to inform me by a single line what number of Spelling books you have sold in the last year, that I may provide accordingly..." The letter appears to relate to A plain and comprehensive grammar of the English language: being the second part of Mr. Webster's Grammatical institute, several editions of which were published by Young.
C Property from the Estate of an Upper East Side Collector
Sold for $2,250
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