140 Handwritten Love Letters Mills Stebbins Baltimore Md Tunkhannock Pa 1870-94 For Sale
I have no problem at all with anyone purchasing my item and reselling it, however my description that I’ve worked hours on is not allowed to be copied by anyone for the above purposes. The main reason I write this is because I was contacted about a listing where someone had copied my exact sale and tried to sell a diary that they didn’t even have. It ended up being a fraudulent sale and I’m thankful they caught it in time. Thank you so much for your understanding.
This time around I decided to pull a few letters from the group and quote from them to give you a better idea of the contents. When I did this I was so pleasantly surprised to read their contents. A few of the letters were from Genevieve’s father, Oscar B. Mills and when I went to look him up I found he had an incredible career in the Civil War as he served in the Navy. The article I found on him was from 1890 when his wife was trying to collect his pension as Arthur had died in 1873 after contracting malaria fever while serving on board the ship USS Saco while at Aspinwall in 1868. I want to quote a little bit concerning Oscar’s time while in the Navy and please note that I’ve shortened the description of his military career to get it all in…..
“He was appointed an acting third assistant engineer in the Navy October of 1862 and ordered to the USS Ladona. January of 1863 was warranted as third assistant engineer in the regular Navy. July of 1864 was warranted as second assistant engineer to take rank from May 28th, 1864 to June 17, 1865, detached from the USS Lehigh and placed on waiting orders. August of 1866 was ordered to the USS Yantic; and then in August 1866 commissioned as second assistant engineer. In November of 1866 was detached from the USS Yantic and placed on waiting orders. In November of 1866 ordered to special duty at New York and in December 1867 detached and ordered to the USS Saco. In May of 1869 he was ordered to the Dictator; September 1869 detached and placed on sick leave. After this he appeared before the Naval retiring board. He died on August 10th, 1873 while in Tunkhannock PA..”
Again I took a few of the letters to quote from but only pulled out and read a handful. So much more to be read and discovered…..
“Ripon Wiscnsin, Friday February 18th, 1870
My Adored Emily,
“Tunkhannock, December 4th, 1872 (Note this letter was written only 8 months before the death of Oscar)
….Genevieve is growing fast and tried to talk everything. Annie is doing well. Ottie and I went to Ned Buntline’s lecture last night at the P. Church. The attendance was very large but the lecture was considered some what below par. He was dressed in his costume, very familiar to the Indian dress with long black hair and belt and gun, &c.
The lecture that was delivered last week by Mr. Hyatt (subject Switzerland) was very fine….Mr. Bodle went to the depot this A.M. and brought a paper containing the description of ceremonies attending the death of Horace Greely. I will try and send you a paper if one can get one…..Baby is getting cross so I must stop. All send their love….Ever Yours, Em
Approved and forwarded by O. B. Mills Captain Commanding off the coast of Japan.”
“Philadelphia, August 4th, 1884
My Dear Friend,
……This morning I came home from Atlantic City, which place you have often heard of I am sure. It is 60 miles from the city and you go right across New Jersey to get to it. There were a great many people there living on the wooden houses and hotels which fill the avenue. At 12 o’clock when the ocean tide is usually high most of the visitors get flannel bathing suits and go in the water. It is not very deep near the shore but the waves roll in quite high and if you like it you can let them roll over your head one after another. After an hour of this and you get dressed again it leaves you feeling very cool and fresh. It is amusing also to stand on the sand and look at the bathers in this great bath tub 3000 miles wide. Last night several of us went from the house to walk along the beach and we found crowds of people doing the same thing. The moon was shining most beautiful and its light upon the great water looked as tough it might be a great silver path miles and miles long……Sincerely your friend, Thomas McCauley (?)”
“Norfolk Va. September 2nd, 1887
My Dear Friend Genevieve,
…..No I didn’t enjoy myself at the Va Beach but I had a grand time at a sailing party a week or two ago. We had a two mast yacht and there were fifteen or sixteen of us and we certainly had a fine time. The best time since I have been in Norfolk. I wish you had been along……Down at Virginia Beach they had one of these dummies painted on boards that if you hit him once you get a cigar! Two times, two cigars, three times you get a dollar. The fun of it was the head of the painted man on the boards was cut out and a nig-er put his head in and leaned it forward so you could hit nothing but the top where the bone is three inches thick and let them paste away…..Goodbye, Art.”
(Written on National Compress Association letterhead)
“Norfolk Va. March 25th, 1888
Dear Friend Vevie,
“Center Moreland January 12th, 1891
I left the classic precincts of Tunket last Thursday morning before seven o’clock while the moon was still shining and the stars were in the sky. Came with Mr. Eastman who had business in this part of the country. This is a little country place with two stores, a post office and two street lamps. We go to bed at half past eight o’clock and get up at seven; this isn’t much like working till one o’clock is it?......I send you this little picture and you can use it for a mouse trap or anything you please. And now I will tell you what to do. As soon as you get this letter, put on your best necktie and go to the nearest photographers and have your picture taken and send me one as soon as it is finished. Now Arthur, please do……From Vevie.”
“Baltimore MD February 18th, 1891
…..Center Moreland revivals last pretty near as long as Virginia nig-er church services. 12 o’clock midnight is not too long for them. You never saw a nig-er church that is there meeting I mean. Quite a show…..It may be a little warmer here than there but not much. Today is a regular spring day and I feel like we use to at school when we would go out to recess and hand on the fence and sun ourselves….I got your valentine. Awfully pretty. Good Bye. Arthur.”
CONDITION OF ITEMS:
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140 Handwritten Love Letters Mills Stebbins Baltimore Md Tunkhannock Pa 1870-94: $166