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Rufus Blanchard Promises The Next (and perhaps never published) Issue of His Serial the Map Graphic

Short letter from Rufus Blanchard to the Journalist Charles Marseilles of Exeter, New Hampshire in 1888, discussing progress on his Map Graphic No. 3.

Rumsey's catalog suggests that Map Graphic No 1 to No. 4 were likely published between January 1888 and June 1889, although Rumsey had only #1 and #4 and noted that "Selmer states that only two issues of The Map Graphic were published; this issue No. 4 must, therefore, be scarce and unknown to Blanchard historians in Chicago."

Charles Marseilles's library is the subject of a book entitled "The Important Private Library of Charles Marseilles, of Exeter, New Hampshire"

Text of Letter

Chicago, May 23, 1888

Charles Marseilles

Dear Sir

Your esteemed favor of the 12th was received enclosing 10 cts for Map graphic No. 3 as I  ???? ??? it asside to answer more in detail those ordinary letters ???? it has been neglect?? ever seince.  I am yet unable to give stated times for the publication of the Map Graphic.  No. 3 will not be out till July but my new map of Ill[inois] will be ready ??? a week price 25 cts. 

In reply to yours of the 12th I will say I left New Hampshire when a youth in 1838.  I believe ???? ??? that it is a grand state to be born in and a grand state to emigrate from under favourable conditions.

What par??? are you connected with as a journalist?

I will send you Graphic No. 3 soon as published.

Very Respectfully Yours,

Rufus Blanchard