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Ltr Re Fur Trade Wh Harrison Cmpgn By Man Who Named Cleveland For Sale
Interesting 2-1/2 pg. stampless letter, June 15, 1840, Defiance, Ohio, by Judge Calvin L. Noble (1813-89) re the fur trade, anti General Wm. Henry Harrison sentiments during 1840 presidential campaign, loneliness, etc. Noble is famous for his misspelling of the word Cleaveland, Ohio, for Cleveland, Ohio-- the latter becoming the name the city goes by today. In this letter to his brother-in-law Orlando Davidson (1796-71) he writes, in part: "Dear Brother... I have left the goods business... and engaged my time to Mssrs Ewing Edsall & Co. of Fort Wayne, IA at $50 per month and expenses found, for the Indian trade and the purchase of furs and skins for this section of the country. My agency is located at Defiance and will not interfere with the duties of my office [he also ran a paper]. I ... am now quite conversant with that kind of trade, and since I saw you last have purchased about 12,000 Coon skins, 2000 Deer skins, which has enabled me to handle a large amount of money- and the coming season shall deal much larger in the same business- and that while this trade continues in this region I shall devote my capital to it. I want to you to tell Nelson to come out here and see me... the fact is I begin to feel as if I want some friend or brother to come along and take the world besides me as I am. I have no one to council with no matter how important the matter under consideration may be, my own judgment is my only guide-- and I do feel the want of some friends in the family to be my neighbors but if I am doomed to try the world alone through life, I take up the task cheerfully... in a few years I can take up the great object of my ambitions in this word, that is, a competent property... The Harrison celebration at Fort Meggs took place last Thursday. It is estimated that 30,000 persons was on the ground but "OLD TIP CAN'T COMIT" he is not the man to be President of these United States. But it is of no use for you and me to argue the politics of the day by letter. We are both true to our principles and for one I must show an honesty of purpose by my firmness to the Democratic cause. The Great Wabash & Erie Canal will be completed next season and if you have a disposition to locate in a new country now is your time while land is cheap in order that you may take the rise of property. I am not yet married... If David is out of business what would you think of advising him to come to a new country?... if he has any business tact about him he shall never want for employment and I can put him in good condition to do well for himself... Your brother C. L. Noble." The integral address leaf has a Defiance, O, postmark.
Defiance, Ohio originated from Fort Defiance, built by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in 1794 during the Northwest Indian War. From Fort Defiance, the American forces moved along the Maumee River to fight the Battle of Fallen Timbers which secured for the U.S. the Northwest Territories (now Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin). Cleveland, Ohio was founded by Moses Cleaveland (1754-1806) a Connecticut politician, soldier, and surveyor who founded the town while surveying the Connecticut Western Reserve in 1796. The fledging town was named Cleaveland in his honor. In 1830 Calvin L. Noble (then only 17 years old) who was then living in Cleaveland, founded the "Cleveland Advertiser", a Democratic newspaper. Because the type was too wide for his display head-line, he left out the letter "a" in the town name, changing the spelling from “Cleaveland” to “Cleveland.” [That is how he explained it. Quite possibly he just misspelled it and was so embarrassed after the fact that he used this explanation]. The public adopted to the change (probably didn't know any better anyway) and that is the spelling for the city of Cleveland that remains to this day. In September, 1833, Noble moved to Fort Defiance, and became a fur buyer for the American Fur Company--fur being the principal source of revenue in northwestern Ohio at the time. He later became an agent for the American Land Co., and laid out the city of Bryan, Ohio. For a time, he served in the Ohio House of Representatives. In 1856 he moved to Paulding, Ohio and became a probate judge. He died in Paulding in 1889. Orlando Davidson, the (1796-1863) was married to C. L. Noble's sister, Roxolana Noble (1801-71).
Interesting letter. A small piece missing from the corner of the address leaf that does not affect any text, o/w in very good condition. Buyer pays $2.25 shipping.
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