DescriptionHawaii: Two Autograph Letters Signed from new arrivals to Hawaii. (1) John Mott Smith Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 9.25", Honolulu, February 25, 1850. John Mott Smith came to Honolulu in 1850 to practice dentistry, and remained a resident until his death forty-four years later. He had a distinguished career as a dentist, editor, and government official, serving variously as the Hawaiian Minister of the Interior and Minister of Finance. Here, he writes to his family shortly after his arrival. In part: "I left San F[rancisco] on the 8th of February and in 10 days reached these islands . . . Already 6 or 8 ladies have called and to see me. . . . There is an excellent prospect for business. I think it will make amends for all the mishaps of California." Letter is moderately age toned and foxed; wax seal on verso. Very good condition.
(2) C. H. Miller Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages penned on recto and verso, 5.5" x 9", Eleele, Kauai, May 5, 1901. Engineer C. H. Miller left his Oakland home to work on a sugar plantation on the island of Kauai, shortly after Hawaii was annexed to the United States. He discusses plantation life, stating that the corporate ownership of plantations leads to isolation and secretiveness among the rural population. Letter is lightly age toned, else very fine.
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