[Peoria, Illinois]: . 1st printing (presumed). Single sheet, flimsy light blue-grey paper, printed recto only. In the upper left, under a presumed City seal, is a 40-line history of Peoria, which, we presume, was drafted by Drown. The lettter portion of the sheet has 12 lines of mss [dated March 20th 1853, beginning "Dear Brother"] under the engravings [letter obviously continued on another sheet, not present]. Illustrated with two wood engravings of Peoria by Drown, signed in facsimile. 11" x 9-3/8". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Fold-lines. Some wear to edges, including a couple short, closed tears to top edge. Overall, Very Good. Item #47366
Rare Illinois letter sheet, apparently unrecorded, with two images by S. D. W. Drown, Peoria resident & town historian, perhaps best known today for his 1844 City Directory. The letter sheet's first view shows the nascent town along the Illinois river, from the perspective of some indians across the river; the second view shows the city in its more bustling, developed state, presumably from the same river bank location, albeit 2 decades later. While the first view can be found in an 1850 directory, a source for the second has not been found.
An uncommon survivor visually documenting early-to-mid 19th C. Peoria.