SAMUEL GARDNER DRAKE (October 11, 1798-June 14, 1875) was born in Pittsfield, NH. Drake was educated in the common schools and, from 1818 to 1825 taught in a district school. He was fond of literary pursuits and, in 1828, he went to Boston where he established an antiquarian bookstore, the first of its kind in the United States. He then devoted himself to the study of early United States history. He was one of the founders of the New England Historical Genealogical Society and its president in 1858.
Drake was also a prolific author. His works include The Book of Indians, The Aboriginal Races of North America, Annals of Witchcraft.
One page, 6 ¾ x 8 ½, ALS, Boston, Nov. 20, 1852, Samuel G. Drake writes to publisher Edward D. Ingraham of Philadelphia, PA.
In part, “…I have not been in Philadelphia since you saw me at your house. If I live, I shall probably see you there again next spring. Then I will give you an account of those portraits.
“As to the Register that was published…1852…it has come into my hands again for want of better paternity. Its due & all belonging to it are mine. No. 4, Vol. VI has been forwarded through some bookseller here & you will soon get it, I doubt not. The 2nd No. of my Boston is nearly stereotyped.
“Mr. Livermore has delivered ‘Divers & Sundry’…He has probably informed you…Sam’l G. Drake”
Toning and folds with a small piece attached noting Drake’s authorship of The Book of the Indians of North America. Image of Drake is from the web.
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