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    Calvin L. Noble Letter with Content About the Fur Trade and the 1840 Presidential Election. Two and a half pages with integral address cover, 7.75" x 12.5"; Defiance, Ohio; June 15, 1840. Great content letter to his bother-in-law Orlando Davidson describing his activities in the fur trade: "... I have left the goods business... and engage my time to Messrs Ewing, Edsall & Co. of Fort Wayne, Ia at 50$ per Month and expences found, for the Indian trade, and the purchase of furs & skins for this section of the country - my agency is located at Defiance, and will not interfered with the duties of my office - I have since in this country, devoted a good part of my time to that business, and am now quite conversant with that kind of trade, and since I saw you last have purchased about 12,000 coon skins, 2000 deer skins, which has enabled me to handle a large amt of money - and the coming season shall deal much larger in the same business, and that while this trade continues in this region, I shall devote my capitol to it." After expressing a sense of isolation, Noble turns his attention to the presidential race: "The Harrison celebration at Fort Meggs took place last Thursday, it is estimated that 30,000 persons was on the ground but 'Old Tip cant Comit,' he is not the man to be President of these United States, but it is of no use for your and me to argue the Politicks of the day by letter, we are both true to our principles, and for one I must show an honesty of purpose by my firmness to the Democratic cause..." The integral addressed leaf is postmarked Defiance, O.; a town that originated from Fort Defiance, built in 1794 by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne during the Northwest Indian War.

    Calvin L. Noble has the peculiar distinction of misspelling the original name of Cleaveland, Ohio as "Cleveland", the name the city goes by today. Noble established the Democratic newspaper the Cleveland Advertiser in 1830, and left the "a" out, claiming lack of room in the masthead. Cleaveland had originally been named for its founder Moses Cleaveland. Noble moved to Defiance in 1833 and became a fur buyer for the American Fur Company. But as this letter reveals, he later entered the dry goods trade, before returning to the fur trade. An ambitious entrepreneur, Noble later became an agent for the American Land Co. as well as holding several public offices, including probate judge and serving in the Ohio State House of Representatives.

    Condition: Toning with a few spots of foxing. Flattened folds with some weakness, and tiny pinholes at a couple of fold intersections. Integral address cover is missing a corner (not affecting any text), and has a bit of paper loss where seal has been removed.


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