Description: Large collection of hand written family letters, 2 tin types, postcards, stamps and many other ephemera items. New Bedford, Ma and Cambridge, MA letters within the prominent family of William J. Rotch, a wealthy family which was prominent in the whaling industry; along with a gold plated mechanical pencil which is engraved "W.J. Rotch". Letters addressed to and from Mrs. Rodman Swift, Mrs. Frederick Swift, Sally Swift and others to and from pertaining to the "Swift" family, who are all descendants of the "Rotch" family of New Bedford, Ma. Other letters from Grass Valley, CA. The Grass Valley letters and Boise, ID letters also have reference to and from Arthur DeWint Foote his wife Mary Hallock Foote (author and illustrator) and Miss Elizabeth Foote; Arthur Foote was the maternal grandfather of Sarah (Sally) Swift, Sally's Father Rodman Swift (wife: Elizabeth :Betty) was a whaler on the ship "Astral" and then moved to Grass Valley, CA as a surveyor for the famous North Star hard rock goldmine where Arthur DeWint Foote was the superintendent. These items come from the estate of Sally Swift, gifted to the current owner.
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