• Grant's Treasury Secretary Provided Three War Department Weather Maps for Portland, Maine

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    Offering three War Department Weather Maps, Signal Service of the U.S. Army, Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce, Portland, Maine, 15 ½ x 22, published by order of the Secretary of War. Each contains hand notations in pencil and two are dated February 4th and 5th, 1879, with extensive notations regarding storm weather description. “The storm of last night has passed to Nova Scotia and will be followed by slightly cooler weather in New England and slight increase in pressure today with fair weather. A very uniform pressure extends over the entire country and the prospect for fair weather for the next forty-eight hours is very good.” The writer notes on a second map, “The rain on the south Atlanta coast yesterday did not advance to New England—but left the land at Cape ? and was lost over the Gulf Stream, an area of high pressure extends over the entire country with generally lower temperatures. Fair weather will prevail over New England…”

    Included with the maps is a note that states, “These weather maps were given me when a boy by Mr. Merrill when he was at the Custom House in Portland, ME. Lot Merrill, a leading Republican Senator appointed by Grant as Secretary of the Treasury.” L.M. Merrill’s calling card is included.

    The maps are generally in good condition with folds, some fraying around the edges and a couple of small pieces missing.

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