Item #52397 Memoir of John Fanning Watson. Benjamin DORR.

Memoir of John Fanning Watson

Item #52397

DORR, Benjamin. A Memoir of John Fanning Watson, the Annalist of Philadelphia and New York, Prepared by Request of the Historical Society of Pennyslvania, and Read in Their Hall, Monday Evening, February 11, 1861. Phila.: Collins, Printer, 1861. 1st ed. 88 pp. Extra-illustrated by Ferdinand J. Dreer. Full levant morocco, gilt framework on sides, gilt spine, wide inside gilt borders, t.e.g., uncut. In flannel-lined custom cloth slipcase. Spine darkened and abraded, else a very good copy. Extra-illustrated with over 130 plates inlaid to size, largely historical views and portraits. Includes a hand-lettered title-page for this volume. Also including 23 original portrait or scenic albumen photographs. Those portraits include Dorr, Dreer, Watson, Samuel Breck, John McAllister, Jr. (and one of his residence and of his optician shop), Benson Lossing (2 photographs signed), Samuel F. Smith, John H. Watson (John F. Watson's son), and others. Among the photographic views are the interior of the Zion Lutheran Church, two views of Stenton, Arlington House (with Union soldiers on the steps), and Watson's home. Also included are photographs of prints, a creative way to reduce the size of larger prints such as Birch's Views, of which several are included. Among the 13 manuscript items are letters from John F. Watson to Ferdinand Dreer, 7 June 1860, noting "I owe you a Pastorius MS for your Germantowniana," an ALS from Dorr to Dreer, 5 Feb. 1861, "I have just finished a memoir of Mr. Watson prepared at the request of the Penna. His. Socy." Also an ALS from Henry D. Gilpin to Dr. William Camac about the Zoological Society. An ALS from Watson's son, John H. Watson, to Dreer, 31 Oct. 1861, "I am glad to know that you have been pleasantly engaged in illustrating the "Memoir." There are several manuscript memoirs about McPherson's Blues, the regiment in which Watson served during the Whiskey Rebellion from the surviving members, including 4 pages by the noted diarist Samuel Breck, 3 pages by Samuel F. Smith, a document by Quintin Campbell (along with a photograph), and a 13 page MS by Robert Harr that includes a muster roll of Macpherson's Blue and an account of Whiskey Rebellion leader John Fries' treatment during his trials when the Blues were assigned to guard him from a rumored rescue by his followers. There is an additional ALS from Samuel Breck to Dre.

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