Description: Stephen Wanton Gould (1781-1838) was a clockmaker and active member of the Society of Friends in Newport, Rhode Island. ALS, Newport [August] 26, 1816, 2pp, folio, plus FREE postmarked address leaf. Sent to Dr. Joseph Bringhurst ((1767-1834) was born to Philadelphia Quaker James Bringhurst and his wife Anne Pole on October 6, 1767. After completing his education, Bringhurst began to practice medicine in Philadelphia. In 1793 Bringhurst fled Philadelphia for Wilmington, Delaware, to avoid a yellow fever outbreak afflicting the city. In Wilmington Bringhurst continued his medical practice, in addition to establishing one of the regions first drug stores at his residence (located at what is now 317 Market Street). In 1802 Bringhurst was appointed postmaster of Wilmington by President Thomas Jefferson, a post he maintained throughout the Madison and first Monroe administrations. Throughout Bringhurst's term as postmaster, the post office also operated out of his home, medical practice, and drug store on Market Street. In addition to his intellectual accomplishments, Bringhurst was also a politically engaged and socially active member of post-Revolution American society. Most notably, he was an intimate friend of fellow Quaker and prominent Revolution-era figure John Dickinson. Gould talks about going with Richard Sherman to the house of Sherman's late step-mother to view manuscripts and books. Mentions drawings, then gives a detailed list of manuscripts and books. A most interesting piece of Americana. Approx. 7.5 x 12.5 in. Fine.
Condition Report: Fine
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