ALS signed “Your affectionate son, Sam. F. B. Morse,” one page, 7.75 x 9.5, March 19, 1825. Written from New York, a letter to his father, pastor and geographer Jedidiah Morse, in full: "On board the Packet Sloop Cornelia Capt. Hemmenway, (by which vessel I drop this line in case she arrives before my letter by the mail) you will find two barrels, five bottles cider, and two groce of velvet corks. Three parcels in all." In very good to fine condition, with some light creasing and staining. February of 1825 proved both fruitful and tragic for Morse and his family: he completed a commissioned painting of his hero, the Marquis de Lafayette; and his wife, Lucretia Pickering Walker, died of a heart attack just days after giving birth to their third child. Jedidiah, deemed by many as the 'father of American geography,' died at the age of 64 the following year.
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