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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Dec 23, 21
Edited on:Dec 23, 21
Postmark: Oct 15, 1844
Origin: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

"Forwarded By American Mail Co. Oct. 16 From No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular datestamp (Bowman type F11) applied at arrival on folded letter datelined "New York Oct. 15 1844" addressed to Messrs. Cornelius & Co., Philadelphia. Blue manuscript "6" collect marking. Ex John Olenkiewicz

Two page letter is an order for chandeliers and lamps lit by gas or lard (sperm whale oil), in addition to mounting brackets, paper shades and "solars".  Excerpt: "These articles are wanted to complete four different orders & you have no idea how bad we need them. We hope you will try and gather them up & send them today. Can't Mr. J.B. find them lying around in some corner."

Transcript of second page:
"For John Wurtz
1 Pr. Rich Gilt Candelbras with a handsome figure, handsomer those you charge 26 $ for. Say as handsome as can be made for $42 or $46. 2 pr.
(pair) Rich Gilt Candle Brackets to match to cost about 18$ Each pair. Nothing but the french pattern of branch mill do. lights quite close together in the usual french style.
Now do let us have these in about ten days or less

Cornelius & Co. correspondence.  This company was largest gas lamp and lighting fixture manufacturer in the United States by 1844. In 1783, Christian Cornelius arrived in Philadelphia from Amsterdam. Starting off as a silversmith, Cornelius began to manufacture lamps in 1825. In 1831 Robert Cornelius, (1809-1893) joined his father in partnership. From then until Christian Cornelius's death in 1851, the firm was known as either "Cornelius and Son" or "Cornelius and Company."

Owner's ID: 2612
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes