Oct 28, 2021 - Sale 2584

Sale 2584 - Lot 46

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
SLOCUM, JOSHUA. Two Autograph Letters Signed, to "Dear Mrs. Anthony." The first, thanking for sending the gift of a book and promising that it "shall remain in the Spray Library, a souvenir of her snug berth at [Saint] Anthony Bight." 1 page, 4to, "Yacht 'Spray'" stationery, ruled onionskin paper; folds. The second, recalling a windstorm aboard a vessel off the coast of MA, asking forgiveness for having inadvertently diverted rain onto her friends, and sending a card [present]. 2 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; horizontal fold. Fairhaven, MA, 1 September 1899; Boston, nd

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"Referring again to the Spray and the day we were shipmates along with noble friends I remember, generous and true. I recall my feeble efforts: to make all comfortable in that awful squall which came down upon us off Woods Hole.
"I was aware of the coolness . . . manifested on that occasion and it nearly broke my heart; but not until the other night at your fireside did I know that in my efforts to spread a sheltering awning, wretched man that I am, I managed to turn the downpour all down your backs. How forgiving my friends are to let the matter pass so lightly by! And am I forgiven? . . ."
With--Joshua Slocum. Three items: Two small cards Signed, the first, diagonally below printed image of the Spray; the other, on verso of Henry M. Rogers's visiting card: "For Mrs. Nathan Anthony," in pencil. Each 1 1/2x3 inches. Np, nd; 3 March 1900 • Dried tree leaf inscribed with holograph note, unsigned: "In recollection of a storm at sea off Woods Hole when all, except the skipper remained cool." 1x5 inches. Np, nd.