Harrison Phoebus 1871-1886 Hygeia Hotel Hampton VA / Gatling; Pickett; Kalakaua For Sale
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Harrison Phoebus 1871-1886 Hygeia Hotel Hampton VA / Gatling; Pickett; Kalakaua :
Autographs of the Friends of H. Phoebus
Harrison Phoebus (1840-1886)
Full calf binding. Title in gilt on the front cover: “Autographs of the Friends of H. Phoebus.” Ruled border and decorative device in gilt on covers. The spine is decorated with two decorative devices and Autographs in gilt. The outer edges of the binding are decorated in gilt. All page edges are stained red. Marbled end pages. Oblong: 5-5/16 x 9 inches. The binding is rubbed with edge wear exposing the boards along the extremities. Leather loss to the upper and lower spine and along the forward edge toward front cover. Overall very good condition.
201 Autographs. (1871-1886). Original manuscript signatures and inscriptions.
Historical notables including: USN CommanderWilliam Barker Cushing; Inventor Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling; Mrs. George E. Pickett (CSA); John Mercer Langston, first African-American to be elected to Congress; King Kalakaua of Hawaii; attorneys; authors; businessmen; doctors; educators; ministers; Medal-of-Honor recipients; women &c.
[The last entry on February 18th was seven days before Harrison Phoebus’ death at 46 years old.]
Reverse of the front end page:
“Miss Nancy J(?). Steele / Rockingham Rd. / Richmond Co., N. C. / Dec. 20, 1877 // Farmballards(?)”
“W. J. Bodell / W. U. Tel. Co. / Fort Monroe, Va. / July 22 / 1871.” In black ink. - - - [1863: Military Telegraph Corps / cipher operator]
“Robt. W. Hughes / Old Dominion S. S. Co. / Norfo., Va. / July 24, ‘71” in black ink. (“Dover, N. J.” In pencil.) - - - [Attorney/ friend of Poe/ Papers at W&M/ CSA/ 1869 duel/ Judge/ UVA/ Hampton Institute]
“John J. Baulch / Fort Monroe, Va / July 25th, 1871” in black ink. (“St. Louis MO / get address.” In pencil.)- - - [Established the first fire company at Fort Monroe/ The Viggins Ferry Co., St Louis Railway Co]
“Moon L. Falls(?) / Baltimore Md / July 28th ‘71” In black ink.
“Johnson Thorne / Kansas City / Mo / July 28th 1871” In black ink. (“&f” in pencil.)
“James L. Armstrong / President American Fire / Insurance Co of Baltimore / August 1st 1871” In black ink. (“&f” in pencil.) - - - [The first president of AFIC, 1858]
“A. J. Ford / Prop: Fords Hotel / Richmond Va / Augst 1 1871” In black Ink. (“&f” in pencil.) [Ford's Hotel. Richmond, Virginia. Corner of Eleventh & Broad Sts. A.J. Ford, Owner & Manager. Situated in the Heart of the City Opposite State Capitol.]
“J. S. Beyer / Virginia Conference, / M. E. Church. / August 3, 1871.” In black ink.
“Jos (?) Pines / Cherrystone Va / Aug 3d 1871” In black ink.
“Theo. F. Childs / Saint Louis, MO. / Atty at Law / Aug 10, 1871” in black ink.
“W. M. Wright / Surg(eon) N(ational) M(ilitary) Asylum / Hampton, Va. / Aug. 10th 1871” in black ink.
“Wm. H. Kimberly / Fort Monroe, Va / Aug. 11th 1871” in black ink.
“Jno. E. Summers / Surgeon U. S. A. / August 15th 1871” in black ink. (“Omaha Neb.” In pencil.) [Heitman]
“Chas. W. Buck Jr. / Adams Express Co / Baltimore, Md. / Aug 16, 1871” in black ink.
“S. N. Benjamin / Capt. 2d Arty / Sept 15th 1871.” In black ink. (“War Dept. Wash D.C.” in pencil.) [Heitman: Cadet M A; Bull Run to Battle of Spotsylvania Va. Medal of Honor winner]
“D. O. White(?) / Hampton, Va / Aug. 16 1871” in black ink.
“R. Paul Bunting / Portsmouth Va / Sept 16th 1871” in black ink.
“F. G. Wright / Fort Monroe, Va. / October 2nd ‘71” in black ink.
“Lillie J. Phoebus / New York City / October 16th 1871” in black ink. (“Cor(ner) B(road)way & 33rd St c/o ?? Ritta(?)” in pencil.)
“J. P. Little / ? H. P. ? Chapter of Va. / Williamsburg, Va. / Oct. 24 1871” in black ink.
“Josiah Sheppard / 333 – 12th Street / Brooklyn / Long Island / Oct. 30th 1871” in black ink.
“Frederick Dielman / Baltimore / Maryland / Nov 1871” in black ink.
“Thomas E. Dillon / Pastor Pres. Church / Marshall / Liberia / W Africa / November 3 ‘71” in black ink.
“John Q. A. Herring / Supt / Adams Express Co / Baltimore Md / Jan 26 1872” in black Ink.
“Harry D. Williad (?) / Balto Md. / Jan 26, 72” in black ink.
“Geo. C. Hiedt (?) / Route Agent / Adams Express Co / Baltimore Md / Jany 26, 1872” in black ink.
“Peter J. Olrig (?) / Lynchburg / Virginia / Febry 22d 72” in black ink.
“Lieut C. H. West / US Navy / Wyoming” in black ink.
“Lieut A. R. Couden / U.S. Navy, / U.S.S. Wyoming” in black ink.
“P’d Ass’t Paymaster / Jared Linsly Jr / U.S.S. Wyoming / March 18th 1872.” In black ink.
“Jas. W. Fipen / Capt 5th Arty / April 23rd 1872.” In black ink.
“Chas B. Phillips / Capt of Engineers USA / April 24th 1872” in black ink. [Heitman]
“Chas. Sellmer / 2nd Lieut 3rd Arty / Bat Capt. U.S.A. / April 29th 1872.” In black ink. [Heitman]
“E. L. Huggins / 1st Lieut. 2nd Arty / Abingdon, Illinois” in black ink. [Heitman –medal of honor]
“Jno. C. White / 1st Lt. 1st arty. Bat Capt of rif(?) / April 30, 1872” in black ink” [Heitman]
“Edwin S. Curtis / 2 Lieut. 2nd Arty. / May 2 1872” in black ink. [Heitman]
“D. Stewart Denison / 2nd Lt. 5th. Arty / April 30, 1872.” In black ink. [Heitman]
“ A. T. Abbott (Asa Townsend) / 2d Lt 3rd ? Arty / May 1st 1872” In black ink. [Heitman]
“W. N. Wellford / Lynchburg / Va / May 24 ’72.” In black ink.
“R. H. Glass Jr / Lynchburg Va / May 24 – 72” In black ink.
“A. J. Mellon / A. M. & O. R. Rd. / Va. / May 24, 72” In black ink.
“T. Syd Warren / V & T Am Line / Norfolk Va / 5 24 72” In black ink.
“S. M. Shoemaker. / Adams Express Co. /Baltimore / Md. / June 1, 1872” In black ink.
“A. W. Summer / Harrisburg, Pa / Atty at Law / June 1, 1872” In black ink.
“J. Alix Ghriver (?) / V.P. Balt & Phil & ScBtE(?) / June 1st 1872” In black ink.
“A. C. E. Shoemaker / Baltimore / Md / June 7th 73” In black ink.
“Mary A. Cunningham / Richmond / Va. / July 1872.” In black ink.
“D. J. McKerv (?) / 154 Sharp DR (?) / Balto. / July 19th 72.” In black ink.
“Hugh L. Bond / Baltimore / Md / July 27 1872” In black ink. (“Judge” in pencil.)
“Geo H. Elliott / Fort Monroe, Va / July 30 1872” In black ink.
“W. H. Robinson / Baltimore / July 30 1872” In black ink.
“William L. Hinds / August 1st 1872 / Baltimore / Md” In black ink.
“L. H. Wilson / 1335 G Street / Washington / D. C. / Aug. 2nd 1872.” In black ink.
“J N Skirne (?) / Bu(?) Mi(??) / August 3 72 / Do do / John T. We(?) A 3 72” In black ink.
“Jno. E. Wilson / Hygeia Hotel / Old Point Va / August 3rd 1872” In black ink.
“Jas T. O’Connor / Hygeia Hotel / Old Point Va / August 3rd 1872” In black ink.
“W. Ball / Treasurer / BSP Co. / Aug 17 ‘72” In black ink. (“&f / Balt_ Md” in pencil.)
“C. J. R. Sharpe / agt Universal life Ins. / Office no a Johnsons / building. Fayette St / Balto. Md / Aug 27 ‘72” In black ink.
“J. J. Martin / Auditor P. Q. (?) / Washington D. C. / August 29th / 1872.” In black ink.
“Jo. M. Pool / E. City / N. C. / Augt. 29, 1872.” In black ink. (“Hon” in pencil.)
“Joseph C(abell) Breckinridge / Brevet Major Ge(?)et / Fort Monroe, Va. / Sept 5th, 1872” In black ink. - - - [Heitman]
“J. Percelle M P / 57 Percey(?) St / N. Y. / Sept 28, 72” In black ink.
“Ch. Smart / Capt & asst Surgeon / Sept 28th 1872” In black ink. (“& family / Wash DC / Fort Bridgen / W Ter” in pencil.) [Heitman]
“C. M. DeWemont(??) / Surgeon / Nat. Mil. Asylum / Hampton Va. / Nov. 30, 1872” In black ink.
“Geo. A. Solly / Fairport / Monroe Co. / NY. / Pierce & Scley (?) / Dec 6th 1872” In black ink.
“Wm. M. Mannis, / Sales Room / 144 B way / N. Y. City / Dec. 20th 1872.” In black ink. (“Mirson (?) Club / 21st St & 4th _ Ave(?)” in pencil.)
“Edwin P. Eckerson / 2nd Lieut. 5th U.S. Cav. / Jany 17th, ’72.” In black ink. [Heitman]
“William L. Harris / New York. Feb. 24, 1873.” In black ink.
“Cap’t P. T. Woodfin / Comd’t Soldiers Home / near Fort Monroe Va. / Jany 18, 1873” In black ink.
“W. F. Hemenway. / Alexandria / Va / Feb. 24 1873” In black ink.
“R. G. Shaw / 1st Lt. 1st Arty / April 22, 1873” In black ink. [Heitman – Richard Godfrey Shaw]
“D. D. Wheeler / 1st Lt ? Cavly. / April 22d 1873.” In black ink. [Heitman – Daniel Davis Wheeler, medal of honor.]
“Allyn Capron / Lieut. 1st Artillery / April 22nd 1873.” In black ink. [Heitman]
“Frank W. Hess / 1st Lt. 3rd U.S. Arty. / May 1st 1873” In black ink. [Heitman – Frank Watson Hess]
“Robt(?) Wood / Hampton / Virginia / June 4th 1873” In black ink.
“J. B. Brinkley / Baltimore / Md / July 8 ‘73” In black ink.
“Fortress Monroe / July 9th, 1873 / For your kindly escort over these “classic grounds,” / To a party of New York teachers, please receive the / grateful acknowledgements of / Sarah A. Seely / Caroline F. Whiting / Sydia M. Randall / Alice A. Davis / Ward School / No. 14.” In black ink.
“Yours Truly / W. B. Cushing / Commander / U.S. Navy / July 18th 1873” In black ink. [best known for sinking the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle]
“J. H. Prentiss / Govanstown Md / July 21, 1873” In black ink.
“Clifford Anick(?) / 1131 14th St / Washington, / D. C..” In black ink.
“Yours &c / R. T. May / Helena Montana Territory / September 22 – 1873” In black ink. (“& f / Bozman” in pencil.)
“Yours truly / R. J. Gatling / Hartford, Conn / Oct. 4th, 1873.” In black ink. [Inventor of the Gatling gun]
“Respectfully Yours / D. Crea(?) Heddinger / No 21 S. Exeter St / Balto. Md. / March 9th ‘74” In black ink.
“Carrie F. Smuller / Middletown, / Pa. / October 28th ‘74” In black ink. (“Miss / Dauphin Co.” in pencil.)
“Sarah T. Davis / Brooklyn / Nov. 2nd 1874” In black ink.
“Chas. Davis / Brooklyn / Nov 2 ‘74” In black ink.
“Ellie O’Neil / D. Landreth & Sons / 21 & 23 S. Sixth Street / Philadelphia / July 5th, 1877” In black ink.
“Miss Emma Gray / 205 E. Franklin St. / Richmond Va. / July 20th / 1877” In black ink.
“Helen Montague / 118 E. Franklin Street / Richmond, Va. / July 20th 1877” In black ink.
“Madame La Nicemlesse de Sibaug (?) / Richmond / Consulat de France / Corner of 5th & Cary Streets / July 21st 1877” In black ink.
“Jas N(??) / (???) / Kentucky / August 12 ‘77” In black ink.
“Sanie(?) N. Niler(?) / 1733 I (?) / Washington / Aug 15th ‘77” In black ink.
“M. Millhiser / 1309 Main Street / Richmond Va / Aug 20 1877” In black ink.
“(?) Prudhomme (?) / No 87 + 89 Magazine / St / New Orleans La / Aug 21, 1877” In black ink.
“L. C. Weir / Adams Express Co / Cincinnati O / Sept 20th 1877” In black ink.
“M. C. Weir / Cincinnati O / Sep 20 1877” In black ink.
“Addison Gardiner Bickford / 11 East 22d St / New York” in black ink.
“L. B. Bickford / New York” In black ink.
“Nellie B. Taylor / 6 West 29th St / New York / July 2d 1880” In black ink.
“Agnes Stores Vedder / Aug 10th 1880 / New York City / 120 2nd 26” In black ink.
“Mrs. Geo. E. Pickett / Chuckatuck / Nansemond Co. Va / Aug 21st 1880” in black ink. [LaSalle Corbell Pickett / wife of CSA General George Edward Pickett]
“W. H. McCollin / Sugar Grove / Warren Co Pa / Aug 8th 1880 / Watch not too closely / the stranger who is / Watkins Glen N.Y. within thy mellon patch / for inattention is oft times the highest / form of civility.” In black ink.
“M. E. Pince / 124 West 44th St / New York City / March 14th ‘81” In black ink.
“Rich W. Hurlbut / 91 Wall Street / New York / March 21th 1881” In black ink.
“Miss von Spreckelsen / No Cathedral St Baltimore / May 10th ‘81” In black ink.
“Eva C. Snell / Natchez, Miss – May 10th / 1881” In black ink.
“Mrs. Marietta Thompson / Navy Department / Washington D C / Aug 14th 81” In black ink. [telegraph operator ?]
“Sully Campbell Peachy / Sept. 14th 1881.” In black ink.
“When this you see / Oh! Think of me / Very truly yours, / Willie W. Vest / Williamsburg, Va” In black ink.
“Charles H. Judd / Honolulu / Hawaiian Islands” In black ink. (“Col” in pencil.) [During the reign of King Kalākaua, Judd was reappointed to the King's Staff as a Colonel / to serve on his Privy Council of State/ a member of the House of Nobles/ Commissioner of Crown Lands/ the king's Chamberlain and served as his private secretary with Kalākaua on his 1881 world tour.]
“Kalakaua / Oct 1st 1881 Honolulu Oahu / Hawaiian Islands.” In black ink. (“His Majesty” in pencil.) [the last king (and second to last monarch) of the Kingdom of Hawaii.]
“Molly Elliot Seawell / 17th Oct 1881 / Norfolk Va / Sydney Chase(?)” In black ink. [American historian and writer]
“C. H. King / The Aberdeen / 21st St & Bway N.Y. / April 10th 1882” In black ink.
“Hattie J Coit / Hartford / Conn / Apr 11 ‘82” In black ink. (“Miss / 1007 Asylum Ave” in pencil.)
“Miss Fanny A. Hall / May 12th 1882 / Saratoga Springs / P O Box 662” In black ink.
“Miss Alice M. Hall / Saratoga Springs, N. Y. / 5. 12. ‘82” In black ink.
“Mrs. L. S. Metcalfe Jr. / St. Louis Mo / July 6th ’82 / 2928 Dickson St.” In black ink.
“Lyne S. Metcalf Jr / Atty at Law / St. Louis / Mo / July 6, 1882.” In black ink.
“Mildred C. Cameron / Hillsboro / N. C. / Sunday / Sept 3 1882” In black ink.
“H. H. Price / Portsmouth / Va. / Sept 3rd 1882” In black ink. (“Mrs.” in pencil.)
“John Mercer Langston. / Washington City / D.C. / Oct 11, 1882.” In black ink. [Black leader, educator and diplomat. Virginian; the first African-American lawyer in Ohio; the first African American to win a congressional election.]
“Mrs. Pagie C. Dennis / 14 Willoughby Ave / Brooklyn / N. Y. / Nov 12th 1882.” In black ink.
“L. L. Guthrie / Buffalo, N. Y. / March 19th, 1883” In black ink.
“Isa Carrington Cabell / Richmond, Virginia / June 13th, 1883 / Remember moving into / the new office. I. C. C.” In black ink. [Female Virginia author]
“Geo. B. Graham / National Republican / Washington / DC / June 23 1883” In black ink.
“Frank H. Alfriend / June 23rd, 1883” In black ink. [Author: Life of Jefferson Davis. Editor: Southern Literary Messenger.]
“Mrs. W. H. Johns / Philada Pa. 2002 Green St. / Aug. 25th 1883” In black ink.
“Mrs. L. H. Green / Delhi / Ohio / Hamilton Co. Aug 25th 1883” In black ink.
“Katie S. Johns / Philadelphia / Penna. / Aug. 25th 1883” In black ink.
“Geo. R. Phoebus / New York City / N.Y. / Aug 25 ‘83” In black ink.
“H. W. Dwight / Genl Supt Am. Ex. Co. / (A. S. & C. Division) / Boston & Pittsfield / Sept 28 1883” In black ink.
“Mary W. Dwight / Pittsfield, Mass. / Sept. 28th 1883” In black ink.
“Mrs. J. Mansfield Davies / Fishkill on Hudson / N. Y. / Feb 19th ‘84” In black ink.
“Miss M. Virgie Hawthorn / Lancaster / Penna / April 5th ‘84” in black ink.
“Albert F. Eberman / Lancaster / Penna / April 5 ‘84” In black ink. [1862 PA Vols/ Lancaster Co./ Moravian]
“Mrs. M. M. Holmes / 453 Madison Ave. N. Y. / April 16th 1884” In black ink.
“Abe Hays Ross / April 24th 1884” In black ink.
“Aline Parks / Norfolk Va / April 25th 1884” In black ink.
“Sibyl Hays / Yonkers / New York / April 25th 1884” In black ink.
“Virginia E. Cooper / Indianapolis / Ind. / Aug 10 1884” In black ink.
“Nellie M. Brown / La Fayette, Indiana / August 10th 1884” In black ink.
“Mrs. E. B. Molony / 75 ½ Everett St. / Cincinnati / Ohio / Aug 12th 1884” In black ink.
“E. B. Wolony / Atty at Law / 62 Johntms Bldg’s / Cinbi(?) Ohio / Augt 12 ‘84” In black ink.
“May Brooks / 409 G. St. N. W. / Washington / D. C. / Aug 17 ‘84” In black ink.
“Frank H. Taylor / 1526 Centennial Av / Phila. Pa. / Aug 24 ‘84” In black ink
“H. T. Stanton / Frankfurt, Ky. / Aug 24, 1884 / Remember The Moneyless Man.” In black ink.
“A purely practical / person - / Estelle Thomas / Mechanicsburg Pa / Oct 1st 1884” In black ink.
“Joseph E. Smith / Wheeling / W Va / October 13th ‘84” In black ink.
“Mrs. Read / 428 W. 45th St. / New York City / c/o Mr. Samek” In black ink.
“This is in remembrance / of all the comforts / I found at the / Hygeia Hotel in / March 1885 / Annie H. Liberman / 352 W. 23d St / New York City” In black ink.
“Mrs. Fannie A. Worherspoon(?) / 151 East 36th St / New York City / March 13th 1885” In black ink.
“Mrs. William A Boyd / 45 West 53rd Street / New York / City / March 13th 1885” In black ink.
“Minuel (?) / 1253 9th St W U / 1712 15th / Washington / D. C. / March 27th 1885” In black ink.
“Emma J. Detweiler / 504 I Street N. W. / Washington / D. C. / Mar. 27th ‘85” In black ink.
“Jessie Harvey / #1632 15th St. / Washington / D. C. / March 27th 1885” In black ink.
“Emma Cecilia Thursby / 34 Gramercy Park / New York / April 8th 1885” In black ink.
“Annie Louise Powell / 1324 Vermont Avenue / Washington D. C. / April 8 ‘85” In black ink.
“Ina L. Thursby / 34 Gramercy Park / New York / April 8th 1885” In black ink.
“Virginia V. Gesuer / ‘The Florence’ / New York City / April 11th ‘85” In black ink.
“Mrs. C. H. Haniah” In black ink.
“Miss Cecie Dennis / Princess Anne / Md / April 23d ‘85” In black ink.
“Charles T. Mitchell / Hillsdale / Michigan / April 22nd 1885” In black ink.
“ Mrs. C. T. Mitchell / Hillsdale / Michigan” In black ink.
“Harriett B. Mitchell / Hillsdale / Michigan” In black ink.
“Fanny E. Cutter / 152 W. 13 St. New York / April 26, 1885” In black ink.
“Christiana Mebzgan / 123 E 61st St. New York / April 26th 1885” In black ink.
“Emily McGuckin / 146 West 23 St / New York / April 26 1885” In black ink.
“Julie E. Bartlett / Baltimore / Md. / With pleasant memories of / the “Hygeia Hotel” May 1885.” In black ink.
“Mary J. Whipple / Washington / D. C. / Happy days”
“Bessie H. Kane / No 2 __(?) St / New York / Mat 17th ‘85”
“C. E. Felton / Baltimore Md. / May 20th 1885.”
“Geo. Hull / Cleveland O. / Self reliance the secret of Success”
“Millie(?) G. Galt / Cleveland / O. / May 28th ‘85”
“Job H. Jackson / Wilmington / Delaware / June 13, 1885.”
“May you live long to enjoy the Success / that indefatigability in business has given /Which is not luck or anything that apper- / tains to it, but the reward for determined / effort. / Yours very truly, / Edward C. Cockey / 6 Dey(?) St New York City / May 31 ‘85” In black ink. [W U Telegraph]
“Lily M. Farrar.” In black ink.
“May you live long & / prosper. / F. R. Farrar / Deatonville / Amelia / Va.” In black ink.
“Marry Farrar / Deatonville / Va. / July 8 ‘85” In black ink.
“Virginia H. Vaughan / C. F. J. Chester / Va. / July 8, 1885. In black ink.
“Chas. E. Hooker / Mississippi / July 12, 1885 / Jackson, Miss,” In black ink.
“Very Sincerely your friend / Florence B. F. Schneider / Dallas, Texas / Sept 9th / 1885” In black ink.
“Nellie Vogel / Fort Worth / Texas / Sept 9th ‘85” In black ink.
“Very Sincerely yours / Adelaide Moore / Era Office / London / Sept 28th 1885” In black ink.
“Nellie Justin Carpanter / Sept 30 85(?)” In black ink.
“Mrs. Louis Bettmann / # 419 West 7th St. / Cincinnati / Ohio / Oct 24th ‘85” In black ink.
“Mrs. Carrie L. Trost / # 466 W. Court / Cincinnati / Oct 24 ‘85” In black ink.
“He who by the Plough would thrive / Must himself either hold or drive / Saml W. Trost / Cincinnati / O / Oct 24, 1885” In black ink.
“Louis Bettengun / 419 W. 7th / Cincinnati / O.” In black ink.
“Lewis Voight / 343 Kemper Lane / Cincinnati Ohio” In black ink.
“Ira S T Carpenter / Troy NY” In black ink.
“Lucie B. Moore / 289 Alexander Ave / N. Y. / Jan. 16, 1886” In black ink. (“children’s picture(?)” in pencil.)
“Elizabeth R. Post / 295 Newbury St. / Boston / Mass / Jan. 16, 1886” In black ink.
“Chrlla(?) N.(?) Bosworth / 123 West 39th St / New York City / Feb. 15th 1886” In black ink.
“M. L. H. Stone / February 18th 1886 / Dobbs Ferry, / New York” In black ink.
“Anna C. McKeane / 113 East 34 St / New York” In black ink.
“M. L. Simons / 1424 W. Broad St. / Phila / Penn.” In black ink.
“Fredk. M. Simons / 1424 W. Broad St / Phila” In black ink.
“Mrs. A. S. Newhall / 263 Linwood Ave / Buffalo / New York” In black ink.
“A. Pauline Krane / 113 East 34 Street / New York City / February 18th ’86.” In black ink.
“The Sweetest of the sweet” In black ink.
“D. E. Newhall / 17 & 18 Board of Trade Building / Buffalo N.Y. / Feby 18 ‘86” In black ink.
“The Gayest of the Gay / All Hard to Beat” In black ink.
Leaves 71 – 126 blank.
[Additional notes in the description are within brackets]
Reference: Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register And Dictionary Of The United States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. 1903/1988. 2 Volumes.
Below copied in part from Wikipedia:
A native of Somerset County, Maryland, Harrison Phoebus served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, he became an employee of Adams Express Company.
In 1866, he became the resident agent for Adams Express at Old Point Comfort in Elizabeth City County, Virginia. He served as Old Point Comfort's representative of shipping companies, postmaster, notary public, insurance agent and U.S. commissioner.
In 1874, with financial backing from Samuel Shoemaker, a wealthy friend from Baltimore, he acquired the luxurious Hygeia Hotel. The red four-story Victorian structure built in 1868 at the convergence of the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads served the United States Army’s Fort Monroe and the U. S. Navy that frequented the “World’s Greatest Harbor,” Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News.
Phoebus built additions to his hotel, chartered boats to bring visitors, and soon Old Point Comfort was on its way to becoming a place where diplomats and government officials mingled with the elite of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond and the Deep South. Amenities he added included hydraulic elevators, gaslights, electric call bells in each bedroom, and bathrooms on every floor. He installed several types of therapeutic baths.
Harrison Phoebus is credited with persuading Collis Huntington's Chesapeake & Ohio Railway to extend its tracks of the Peninsula Subdivision from Newport News to the Old Point Comfort community. The railroad named its station and post office “Phoebus.” The Hygeia Hotel attracted many dignitaries and celebrity visitors including P.T. Barnum and U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant.
Harrison Phoebus died suddenly of a heart ailment in 1886 at the age of 45. He was interred at the cemetery of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton. After the community of Chesapeake City became incorporated as a town in 1900, it was renamed "Phoebus" in his honor. In 1896 the new Chamberlin Hotel opened and soon replaced the Hygeia Hotel which had lost her captain, Harrison Phoebus.
Gleaned in part from:
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY
Harrison Phoebus was born near Princess Anne, Somerset county, Maryland, November 1, 1840. Harrison Phoebus was a son of the Rev. Lewis and Sally (Ross) Phoebus, youngest of sixteen children, his mother the third wife of Lewis Phoebus.
. In 1861 he received a governor's appointment as recruiting officer, and in the latter part of 1863 himself enlisted in a Union Maryland regiment.
. Hired by Adams Express Company. As a special messenger to Martinsburg, Harrison was captured twice by John Singleton Mosby’s cavalry.
. He was next engaged in running cars through Baltimore and tracing lost cars and freight; was again on the Martinsburg route; and then as special agent to the important post of Point Lookout, Maryland, where nearly thirty thousand Confederate prisoners were confined. His duties here were principally conducted with the provost-marshal and other United States officers, but his many kindnesses to prisoners are attested by a formal resolution of thanks.
. At the close of the war and the discontinuance of the station at Point Lookout, the Adams Company, in July, 1865, sent a special messenger to Richmond by way of Gordonsville to report upon the condition of the roads and to arrange for the reopening of express routes. Mr. Phoebus was entrusted with this mission, journeyed with the first overland party after the close of the war. After the reopening of the Orange & Alexandria railroad between Baltimore and Richmond in May, 1866, he was appointed agent at Fort Monroe, Richmond.
. Samuel M. Shoemaker, vice-president of the Adams Express Company appointed Mr. Phoebus as the company’s representative at Old Point Comfort and with the support of Shoemaker; President Johnson appointed Harrison postmaster.
. Harrison procured other agencies: The Anna-Messix northern route, via Crisfield, Maryland, made him its agent, and he accepted like responsibility from the Old Dominion Line between New York and Virginia ports and the Baltimore Steam Packet Company, between Baltimore and Norfolk.
. [It connects the routes North, by Richmond, Old Bay Line and Anncmessix Line. .... transportation of all goods shipped to this point, by the Anna-messix line..]
. He became a United States commissioner and a notary public.
. Representing several large insurance companies, he thoroughly canvassed the outlying region in their interests, and did a volume of business that made that department of his activities a well-paying one.
. Occasional investments in real estate were successfully concluded, the cause of his success in all lines his absolute determination, his unflagging perseverance.
. He was one of the founders of the Norfolk National Bank, Norfolk, Virginia.
…As late as 1872 the once famous Hygeia was represented by a low, two-story building, with scant accommodations… The operations that brought Mr. Phoebus into reflation with this hotel are here worthy of exact reproduction.
. In 1872 Messrs. Clark and Wilson secured possession of the property and added to, repaired, and rebuilt the hotel. Their limited capital being insufficient to cover the expenses of building and furbishing, they were compelled to seek assistance, and borrowed considerable sums, Samuel M. Shoemaker and Mr. Phoebus becoming of the number of their creditors. The management of the hotel was unsuccessful and in the spring of 1874 the firm became bankrupt, and the Hygeia was announced for sale at public sale. Now it was that Mr. Phoebus' business training and established reputation stood him in good stead. He had kept a wary eye upon the affairs of the hotel, noting the errors of management, and had estimated with keen foresight the possibilities of the business. He saw that the elements of a gigantic success were there, and that only proper management was wanted. He had no experience in hotel keeping, but he had had successful experience in other branches of business; and having carefully formulated his plans he visited Baltimore, unfolded his ideas to his friend, Mr. Shoemaker, and requested his financial aid in their consummation. After his conversation with Mr. Shoemaker he returned to Old Point with the assurance of the capital required, and in April, 1874, he became the proprietor of the Hygeia Hotel, retaining still his express and other agencies.
. He set out at once upon an investigating tour of the United States, to learn all there was to know about his business. He visited large and small hotels in all portions of the Union. He studied domestic economy in every department. It was a well-known fact to his employees that every minutia of that huge establishment, the Hygeia Hotel, was familiar to him.
. Theoretically, he knew nothing of architecture, but it was he who built that enormous hotel. His sole training had been a six months' course under a house carpenter, but all the internal machinery of the house was of his device and even the drainage, gas, and water pipes were installed under his direction.
. 1884 his name was widely proposed by the people as a candidate for Congress, and the nomination for that body was tendered him by acclamation by the Republican convention which met in Hampton on the twenty-eighth of August. He was favored by Republicans and Democrats alike, but he made his choice against a public career, announcing to his friends: "I cannot be a good Congressman if I am a good hotelkeeper, and I cannot be a good hotelkeeper if I am a good Congressman."
. ..the sweetness and beauty of his nature.
. His memory recalls a gentleman who lived in peace and friendship with his fellows, whose sympathy and aid were ever extended to the needy, a man in whose word the utmost dependence could be placed.
. There is recalled the habit of punctuality that ruled his life, his reverence for knowledge, his natural courtliness and chivalry, his delightful recitation of homely poems, and the number of his kindnesses and charities, although the greater part of the latter was done without public knowledge.
. His religion was one of brightness and faith, epitomized in his expression, "Let us do the best we can and leave the rest to God," and he made friends and kept peace with those with those with whom he would fain have disagreed solely because he thought it wrong to be at enmity.
. Right and justice were in all that he did, and the recognition of the purity of his motives and the correct manner of his life gave him place in the love and affection of all who knew him, a place that could never have been occupied only by the successful man of affairs, but which was gladly opened to him who diffused the true spirit of brotherhood.
. His death occurred February 25, 1886, and it was to do honor to one who had realized the fullness of manhood that there gathered the throng of whom early mention was made. True are the words inscribed upon the marble shaft which rises above his grave: "Taken in his maturity, his spotless life, hallowed by the charms of exalted virtue, lives in the hearts of all who knew him, and leaves to his descendants the rich inheritance of an honored name."
. He was a thirty-second degree Mason.
. Harrison Phoebus married, May 11, 1864, Annie J. Stevens, born January 31, 1839, died August 7, 1906, and he was the father of seven children.
Virginia State Historical Marker
S. Mallory Street, Hampton, VA
Settled As Mill Creek And Strawberry Banks By English Colonist, The Town Of Phoebus Was “Roseland Farm” Until 1871 When It Was Divided Into Lots And Became Known As Chesapeake City. When The Town Was Incorporated In 1900, It Was Named Phoebus In Honor Of Its Leading Citizen, Harrison Phoebus.
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