Boston, MA, US
Lot of 19th century travel letters, photographs and ephemera belonging to the family of genealogical and travel writer Abraham Van Doren Honeyman (1849-1909). He is a descendant of John Honeyman (1729-1822), the alleged Revolutionary War spy and British informant for George Washington who gathered intelligence crucial to Washington’s victory in the Battle of Trenton. Included are a family photo album containing 35 CDVs and 5 tintypes from around the 1870s. In addition to 8 photos of Abraham Van Doren Honeyman, other notable people featured are John Honeyman, the grandson of the elder John Honeyman who was an alleged Revolutionary War spy, Hon. Alvah Augustus Clark, who served in the US House of Representatives from 1877-1881 and Col. Robert R. Honeyman, who fought in the Civil War (1st New Jersey Regiment). There are 14 letters written by Abraham Van Doren Honeyman to his wife Julia on his travels, most on hotel or steamer stationery; 13 are from 1907 and there is one from 1914. They basically read like a travel diary and recount a steamer trip in Egypt (with many interesting descriptions of the pyramids, temples, and monuments), Jerusalem, Kyoto, Holland, and Moscow. The lot also contains a 1904 copy of Honeyman’s book “Bright Days in Sunny Lands.” Finally, there are several deeds and legal documents from the 1840s related to the Nevins and Vosseller families.