1818 letter from Joseph Potts (of the founding family of Pottstown) to friend Robert H. Smith in Philadelphia about money owed. Joseph Potts.
1818 letter from Joseph Potts (of the founding family of Pottstown) to friend Robert H. Smith in Philadelphia about money owed

1818 letter from Joseph Potts (of the founding family of Pottstown) to friend Robert H. Smith in Philadelphia about money owed

Letter addressed to Robert H. Smith, a wealthy merchant who built a large house with a dry goods store on S. Front St, at the site of Hercules Courtney's tavern. Oddly addressed from Glasgow although it also seems to be addressed from Potts Grove, the manor house that was the Potts family seat -- the surrounding acreage that also belonged to the Potts family expanded enough to be incorporated as a township (Pottstown or Potts Town) in 1810. The first paragraph begs Smith's forgiveness for the delay in paying some moneys owed. The second paragraph is more personal, recounting the arrival of Smith's mother at Pottstown: "[she] did not reach Pottstown until 3 o'clock on Saturday last, owing to an accident happening to the stage, which occasioned the passingers to walk about half a mile to Dewee's tavern, & the delay in repairing it. She was extremely fatigued on her arrival. With love to our dear Mary & children..." A few short tears have been neatly repaired, and a chunk missing to the portion of the letter that would have been sealed with wax, else very good. Item #H8404

Price: $50.00

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