Portland [Maine] & White Mountain Stage Co. New England State Coach Ledger.
Portland [Maine] & White Mountain Stage Co..
Portland [Maine] & White Mountain Stage Co..

Portland [Maine] & White Mountain Stage Co..

Portland: 1836-1837, & some dates as late as 1888. Item #761

Sq. 8vo. 205 x 170 mm., [8 x 7 inches].   120 pp. Old boards, leather spine. "Portland & White Mountains" printed on cover in gold ink. Includes one seat pass from May 17,1853, from Chesterton to Philadelphia & one photo postcard showing a stage. Book very scribbled, pages overwritten, some pages loose, torn. Ink, some pencil.

Records passengers carried by the stage company. The book is kept rather haphazardly and is heavily scribbled over. Many of the pickup locations refer to points in the area of Portland, Maine, such as the "Cumberland House" or Congress Street.  Often the name of the passenger is recorded: "Cyrus Ingalls at Thorps', or "Sarah Erans at the American House" or "Elisha Strout mrs princes next door to the american house". Often the pickup is noted as "one seat" or “`two seats" and the location. Sometimes trunks, firkins, etc., are picked up and delivered.

The  stage drivers may have been Cyrus Clark and Philo Clark as their names appear also in doodles on the inside front cover. The photo postcard found in the book shows a horse and cab with the inscription " The best at your service M.L. Gleason, the Cabman" but no location is found on the card.

 An advertisement for the Portland & White Mountain Stage is found in the Eastern Argus newspaper of June 13, 1828 on p. 3: "Leaves Portland Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 5 o'clock a.m., and arrives in Conway at 5 p.m.  Leaves Conway Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5 o'clock a.m. and arrives in Portland at 5p.m. This stage passes through the towns of Westbrook, Gorham, Standish, Baldwin, Hiram, Brownfield, Fryeburg to Conway, N.H., where it meets Conway and Littleton Stage on Tuesdays, and Saturdays--that passes through Bartlett, Hart's location, over the Avalanches at the Notch of the White Mountains, to Ethan E. Crawford's, in Nash and Sawin's location, Britton Woods, Bethlehem to Littleton, on Connecticut River. T.S. Abbot, Agent".

 Rare example of a record from an early northern New England transportation company.  


Price: $250.00

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