Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 76

"[Letter from J.H. Colton to H.W. Hamilton, Esq., Milan, Ohio]", Colton, Joseph Hutchins

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1849 (dated)


Color: Black & White

7.7 x 10 inches
19.6 x 25.4 cm

In this letter from J.H. Colton dated Aug. 25, 1849, he responds to a request for a map of Minnesota. The address leaf has postal markings, a circular New-York hand stamp and a manuscript 20 [cent] rate. Colton says "There is no map of Minnesota that I am aware of except that connected with other States. My large U.S. shows it as well as anything. The Western States has most of it and probably all that you [need -?] and I believe it is as good as anything that can be gotten. Of these I have none except such as are put into books (the Western Tourist etc.) and to oblige you I will take out a copy & send it to you for it will make no charge." Signed, "Yours truly, J.H. Colton." On blue paper, 15" x 10" folded to size given above into self- folding envelope. A most desirable collectable with a fine example of Colton's signature.


Condition: B

Letter side is near fine. Address side has a little toning at folds and a small piece missing at blank edge from sealing wax removal.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/6/2007