Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 55

Price Realized: $ 325
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(CHINA.) Wild, Charles William. Two letters written by an American merchant in China. Autograph Letters Signed (retained drafts), each two 4to pages; minor dampstaining to second letter. Vp, 1846-47

Additional Details

The earlier letter is addressed to a friend named Parkman and dated Victoria, Hong Kong, 25 September 1846. He describes the very limited social life of an American in Hong Kong, and begs his friend to send women: "Young ladies, pretty & accomplished, could make very good matches here. . . . If you really know some pretty girls who however by their gadding and tale bearing make themselves odious, send them out here, you will get rid of them." The second letter is addressed to Wild's father Charles Wild from Shanghai, 2 July 1847, where he was employed as a book-keeper: "I have reached the remotest foreign trading community in China now."