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1845 Antique Victorian Album Journal Scrapbook Memory Book with Poetry Signed by friends of Sallie Mitchell including Mary Anna Longstreth

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    1845 Antique Victorian Album Journal Scrapbook Memory Book with Poetry Signed by friends of Sallie Mitchell including Mary Anna Longstreth and Margaret Newlin with A.L. Dick Engravings

    New York: Published by J.C. Riker

    I am not an expert of any sort. However, during my research I did find out that a Margaret Newlin was an author/editor of a book titled “Memoirs of Mary Anna Longstreth”. There are signatures in this book by two women with the names Mary Anna Longstreth and Margaret Newlin. The signatures have not been authenticated to be the signatures of these two women. I did see an example of Mary Anna Longstreth’s signature in an online copy of “Memoirs of Mary Anna Longstreth” and it looks just like the signature in this book. I am guessing that Sallie Mitchell must have been a friend of theirs; possibly a student of Mary Anna Longstreth; not sure.

    There are written entries in this book that include signatures of the following:
    (many entries are in poetic form; some pages are blank)

    N.S. Buckingham – Virginia – no date
    Chas Mitchell (Sallie Mitchell’s father) – December 26, 1845 (first entry)
    Mary Anna Longstreth – May 1846
    L. or S. Longstreth – June 1846
    Dick – April 22, 1852
    Adriana – no date
    Dollie – several entries with no dates
    Initials JL or SL – November 24, 1846
    Margaret Newlin – June 19, 1846
    Will (addressed to sister, Sallie) - November 6, 1854
    Mary Jane – November 24, 1846
    Margaret C. Cope – 1846
    Initial L and another initial that is illegible – December 28, 1846
    Letitia – Williamsport – September 17, 1848
    P. Vonkonkel? Virkonkel? (Illegible) - Tuesday, 6th of Feb., 1849 – Penmanship is highly artistic
    A Stranger – Williamsport – December 22, 1848
    Letitia - Williamsport – September 17, 1848 (second entry by this person on the same day)
    Carrie – December 28, 1846
    Thomas Smithe (illegible) – September 29, 1847


    The following information is verbiage in the history section of Longstreth Elementary/Centennial School District archives. I’m including this information about the Longstreth family because there are entries in the book signed by two Longstreths:

    The history of Warminster Township is quite typical of most American communities whose histories extend back to pre-Revolutionary days. Few of these communities have experienced stirring events of great historical importance to bring them lasting fame and distinction. Although relatively obscure, Warminster has made its mark on the history of our great nation through the exemplary lives and inspiring example of its early citizens. One of the most distinguished and highly-regarded families among the earliest settlers were the Longstreths.

    A fourth generation female member, Mary Anna Longstreth (1811-1884) operated a school for girls in Philadelphia. A student by nature, she began the study of Latin at the age of 8 years and at 12 had read all of Virgil. In 1829, along with her sister Susan, she opened the school at 3 North 11th Street with an enrollment of 5 pupils which grew to 14 within a year. The school continued and prospered for a period of 48 years. In 1836 it was moved to larger accommodations near the intersection of 11th and Cherry Streets in 1867 when the enrollment was 90 girls it was again moved, to Filbert and 4Juniper Streets, on the site of the present Masonic Temple. She was one of the incorporators of the Women‟s Medical College and a manager of the Woman‟s Hospital.


    About the engraver of the engravings in this book:

    Archibald L. Dick, engraver, Brooklyn, N.Y., (c.1793- 1856), was once a resident of 66 Fulton Street whose last place of residency was 157 Gold Street. He was chief engraver in 1841 of Godey’s Lady’s Book. He and others, among the leading engravers, executed the numerous plates for The Ladies’ Companion. James L. Dick (c. 1833-1868), an artist in Brooklyn, was Archibald Dick’s son and also resided at 157 Gold Street. He was one of the founding members of the Brooklyn Art School and Academy of Design. Barnard & Dick (William S. Barnard and Archibald L. Dick; American engraving firm, active about 1831) - References: BrooklynHistory.org; A History of American Magazines 1741-1850; New York Public Library

    Condition of book:

    Condition: This beautiful hard cover album has gilt edges and gilt, embossed design and lettering on the front, back, and spine. The spine cover has separated from the front cover about two inches at the bottom and about 1/8” at the top. There are some scratches to the gilt work including at the top right hand corner and at various places on the outer edges. Some pages are unattached to the spine. It appears that some engravings have been removed. There are eight remaining engravings by A.L. Dick and one colorful page of an image of a butterfly. Some of the engravings have a thin piece of paper on top of them to separate them from the other page.

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