Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE

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Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE
Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE
Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE
Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE

Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE
Up for sale is this great antique 1799 four page manuscript letter written by a man who recently came to reside in America. The letter was written from Big Tree, Geneseo, NY. It is rather philosophical in nature. The writing is sometimes passionate and at times almost poetic. The writer starts with a homesick tone and ponders the love of friendship. He then goes on to mention a fellow countryman he has met in the area who has married an American Lady. He then goes on to ponder the union of marriage and the difference between love and duty. The letter is written on one folded sheet of paper. When folded, it measures approximately 9 7/8 inches by 8 inches. Here is my translation of the letter. Big Tree, Geneseo 15 of June 1799. Here my dear Ladies we have an opportunity to observe how little in this world in general true, real Love is known: no Topic more common, no maxim more generally accepted than this. That in a case of Love, where circumstances on other reasons must hinder the satisfaction of the flame, time and absence will perform what seems impossible; that is each other. Now, we will agree I have no doubt, that friendship is not Love, but at the same time there can be no Love without the highest degree of friendship; at least if it is true, as I take it to be. That friendships exist in a Marital confidence, build upon each others good qualities, what kind of Love can there possibly be without this? None but a coarser kind, which my pen ought not to describe to you. – If also the common belief shall be true, time and absence must have the same kind of effect upon all kind a friendships, and as little I can Deny that the have such an effect upon common Loves and friendships, build upon the senses or mere convenience, as much I experience, that they produce quite different feelings in those cases, where our sentiments originate in the heart and are founded upon amiable qualities, virtues and perhaps sympathie: It is about a year that I did leave my most Intimate friend, and daily my attachment grows, my confidence augments, and I can say with…. ? …. It forms the greatest parts in those moments to recollect the moments I have passed with those four dearest friends, to recollect some evening, some conversations spend in initial? Friendships gives me often as much and more pleasure than anything else, besides our effectually being together, could ever do. Yes, only eight letters, which once one you did speak, drives many times away my darkest thoughts and change them into raptures of joy. She is not born in Connecticut, for she seems to possess all the amiable qualities which in mine opinion distinguish the most amiable Ladies of that State. How wonderfully does mankind often work its happiness, by the means itself which are given to its bless, and how commonly is this the case not when two sexes are tied together. What can be more delightful than the state of two people who both try to bear, to forgive and with softness to mend each others faults; what can afford a more lasting and unspeakable joy; than the confidence of two hearts, whose interests being absolutely united leaves nothing to be necessarily separated between them. But which is the road most traveled towards this happy state? Allow me to enumerate some of the biggest faults which people are apt to do, to treat each of them separately, and if possible to finish with an improvement, just like a parson commonly does his sermon; with this difference however, that they do it to show the more learning and I will do it because that I feel myself indisposed and perhaps incapable of treating this matter all at once. They mistake the road and make bed foundations. They do not enough observe that a constant kindness is a feed of all friendly affections. They do not distinguish between politeness and ceremonies. And first says the Parson, when anybody feels the awakening of passion for the other sex he on the night ought to be carefull, that it does not become the better of him, before he shall have got sufficient acquaintance, for in most cases this first impression will be made more by the senses than by anything else, give those fellows any feed and to be sure they run away and carry us off, unless time and absence might come into their way and stops them; therefore I should be of opinion that the better way was to keep them pretty poorly and to see of the object of our flame was capable to give any feed to our heart and minds. If it does our flame will become reasonable and be lasting; if it does not it will slowly go out and be lost. But upon this subject we have so often, talked together, that I as well may go to the second point. But bliss me how does this paper look, now I turned the page; forgive me this negligence for it is an error, I thought to have layed this duty piece aside, and took another one, but now that I have done the fault you must allow me to write on it, as I have by no means time to write this whole letter over, the Collenel going away by morrow morning. I confess fairly that I do not understand which madness it is that has people make imagine and pretty generally believe, that a kiss, a smile, the tenderest expressions of Love, the overflowing of the heart, that delicious feeling of confidence, that what no pen can describe, what no language can express, what the heart alone can feel; could be a duty; the word makes me chilly; What is Duty? That, what my reason says, that taught to do; – and, – can that what taught to do ever be an act of friendship, of love? Never now never, for the least, the smallest act of friendship might afford delight to the giver in the Comfort it brings to the receiver; and those of a higher degree, those of Love have that peculiar, that there is no distinguishing possible, in them the hearts are so much united that nobody can tell nor feel for whose sake it is done, now who, giver our receiver enjoys it the most, now where in the enjoyment it consists– I hope that you will understand what I think, but I hardly believe that any language can express mine sentiments. The letter is overall in very good condition for it’s age with only some very minor wear. Please look at all the scans to note the condition. The item “Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE” is in sale since Saturday, October 19, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Manuscripts”. The seller is “nevermore_antiques_and_books” and is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. 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  • Region: North America
  • Subject: Philosophy
  • Type: Handwritten Manuscript
  • Place of Publication: Geneseo, NY
  • Material: Paper
  • Language: English
  • Special Attributes: Signed
  • Original/Facsimile: Original
  • Date of Publication: 1799

Antique 1799 GENESEO NEW YORK Handwritten Manuscript Letter PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE