1825 Stampless Folded Ship Letter To Captain Ichabod Goodwin Habod Goodwin For Sale
This rare folded stampless letter is addressed to "Capt. Ichabod Goodwin of the Ship Marion. The letter is dated "Portsmouth July 25, 1825". This letter was originally sent by ship to Captain Goodwin in Charleston, South Carolina, but apparently the letter did not get to Charleston on timeas Goodwin had already sailed for Liverpool. "Charleston" is crossed out on the address and "Liverpool" was written in. The two page letter is signed "S.E.Cowes". In the letter Cowes writes he is happy to hear that Goodwin has purchased cotton at a good rate. He was concerened about Goodwins health because Charlston was not a healthy place to be in July. Cowes is also concerned about the ship he writes "You will probably copper the ship in Liverpool & will it not be necessary to give her a very good burning to destroy the worms." He also writes of the "Arrival of the ship "Kitty" and the death of Goodwin's good friend John Pierce.Ichabod Goodwin was ansuccesful merchand and a prominant New Hampshire politician! This rare 188 year old letter is in very good condition! As with all of my historic items I am starting this sale at $9.99 with !
Ichabod Goodwin (October 8, 1794 – July 4, 1882) was the 27th governor of the state of New Hampshire from 1859 to 1861.
Goodwin was born at North Berwick, Maine and educated in South Berwick. He became a merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire working in the counting house of Samuel Lord, becoming master and part owner of several ships, and eventually the owner of two railroads, two banks, and a textile factory. In 1827 he married Sarah Parker Rice. Their daughter Susan married admiral George Dewey.
Goodwin was elected a State Representative, running as a Whig, in 1838, 1843, 1844, 1850, 1854, and 1856. In 1856 he ran, and lost, as the last Whig candidate for Governor of New Hampshire. He switched parties, becoming a Republican, and won his offer for governor in 1859, and again in 1860. He was a delegate at large from New Hampshire to the national conventions at which Henry Clay, Zachary Taylor, and Winfield Scott were nominated by the Whigs for the presidency, serving as vice-president of the first two bodies.
During his tenure, the New Hampshire legislature did away with the Courts of Common Pleas, transferring their duties to the State Supreme Court. Goodwin supported a legislative resolution opposing the extension of slavery, and an anti-immigrant act aimed at the defining of police courts' powers to suppress "intemperance." He also supported efforts to regulate railroads.
In May 1861, as the Civil War began, Goodwin responded to the first calls for soldiers by borrowing funds against his own name to equip two regiments. The legislature affirmed the Governor's action when they came into session the following month.
He died in Portsmouth; his house, the Goodwin Mansion, was relocated in order to preserve it, and stands today as a landmark
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