Chicago, May 23, 1868 and Mary 25, 1868. 2 leaves, each approx. 9.75 x 8 inches, with the J. D. Easter name and Chicago address printed at the head, alongside a vignette cut of a Marsh Harvester. One leaf dust-soiled; another leaf shows offset from another autograph letter; in very good condition. Item #16826
Everyone wants a piece of the hot new technology: "In regard to more machines I will enter your order for 5 more, but have no hopes that I can send you the Rockford Machines. . . . If I cannot get any more, I will send you 5 of the Ohio Machines, which have been repainted, re-varnished, & with all the improvements of this year added, making in my opinion as good a Marsh Harvester, as there is in the market. . . . I will send you one of my men to help you a day or two, but as I have so much to do, I want you to detail one of your best men, to be with him, while he is there. There is no trouble in running the Harvester after it is once learned." Business letters to a concern in Alton, Illinois, from J. D. Easter, 68 and 70 Canal Street, Chicago, evidently an early sales agent for the Marsh Harvester, and important early harvester-binder developed by W. W. Marsh in DeKalb, Illinois. The earlier letter notes receipt of a request for repairs; the later letter breaks the news that the customer will have to settle for refurbished machines. Sales of this early harvester were still in the hundreds during 1868--by the Centennial, the company was selling approximately 5000 per year. Each letter docketed in ink on the verso.