Some of the letters appearing on the Spared & Shared Blogsites were purchased from the internet but most of them were sent to me by an acquaintance of mine who buys and sells them as a hobby. After years of transcribing old letters, I have become pretty adept at deciphering 19th century handwriting which enables me to provide my friend with a transcription for his use in advertising the sales of his letters. In exchange for this service, he authorizes me to post the transcription and images of the letters on my blogsites for educational purposes.
Though some of these letters were more useful to me than others in my personal research endeavors, I have found all of them interesting for one reason or another if only to hear from a reader that it breathed life into the name of one of the ancestors on their genealogical chart. If you can add any supplementary information to what I have gleaned from the internet, I’d love to hear from you — especially if you have old photographs of the correspondents.
Additionally, if you have any old letters or diaries that you would like to see transcribed and preserved, I would love to help you. Please see my Spared & Shared Transcription Services website for more details.
Old letters are golden links in the mystic chain that binds us to the past; precious mementos serving to remind us of the scenes and associations of other days. Especially is this true when the writer sleeps in the quiet stillness of the church-yard, while the little grassy hillock marks the place of his sweet repose. — B. F. Brewington, 1862 Ladies Repository, page 349