May 22, 2014 - Sale 2351

Sale 2351 - Lot 13

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(CIVIL WAR.) GAIL BORDEN. Autograph Letter Signed, twice ("Gail Borden" and "G.B."), to A.B. Marvin, expressing interest in his accounts of life in Savannah, apologizing for delays in delivering milk, beef, coffee, and apple jelly, explaining that they are not yet ready to supply the market, describing plans to obtain beef from Chicago, acknowledging the importance of religion, and in the postscript, signed with initials, noting that his son Samuel was expected but that he had not arrived. 2 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet, ruled paper; remnants of prior mounting along upper edge recto affecting date and place text, minor smearing to initialed signature, docketing verso at lower right, folds. Brewster, NY, 22 February 1865

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". . . I am much gratified in the reading of your letters. . . . for the interesting accounts given of the civil & military situation of that part of the country.
"Your son Sam'l will inform you of the delays & the difficulty in getting milk . . . .
"The milk . . . had not been rec'd at a late hour yesterday; . . . Meat preparations: I wish we were ready to supply you; but it will be impossible to do so to any extent before June or July. . . .
"We are getting up an apparatus . . . to put up in the vicinity of Chicago, where beef is both plenty & cheap & of the best quality.
". . . Am glad . . . that you are enjoying the smiles of your Heavenly Father. Yes, 'Religion is our Chief Concern' after all--I mean it is our foremost concern. . . ."
Written two months after William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, which concluded with the capture of Savannah.
Borden (1801-1874) was a surveyor and inventor of condensed milk.