Americana Items Go Public

Pair of manuscript journals by William C. Haynes, captain of the whaling bark Iris, July 1844 to May 1848. Sold for $20,400.

After a public auction, much of the material sold ends up in private collections, out of view for years or decades. A few of the lots purchased in the September 30th Printed & Manuscript Americana auction, however, are being made public. The East Hampton Library purchased two items from the auction—the first, according to the East Hampton Patch, “is a letter East Hampton’s Samuel Mulford penned in 1717, and the other is a whaling logbook from the Iris, which was kept by its Capt Wiliam Haynes of Bridgehampton in 1844.”


Additionally, a 1686 Martha’s Vineyard deed, for a meadow in modern-day Oak Bluffs, is described in The Martha’s Vineyard Times. The article mentions the purchaser—a dealer—buying on behalf of a private client. To whom the land was granted was equally as important as the land itself, as Rick Stattler, Americana specialist at Swann, describes the union of Joseph Daggett and Alice Sessetom as “the only recognized marriage between settlers and Wampanoags on Martha’s Vineyard in the colonial period.”