Claude E. Simmonds was an renowned collector of Lincolniana. Born in 1885, Simmonds was active in the Lincoln Group in Boston from the 1940s-1960s. In 1962, Simmonds was a founding officer in the Freer-Low Family Association in New Paltz, New York. Simmonds later donated his collection to the Freer-Low Family Association. Chief Justice Frank J. Williams acquired the collection in 1992.
This handwritten letter, dated May 23, 1887, is written from William Lanphar in Sinaloa, Mexico to George W. Simmons in Boston, Massachusetts, informing Simmons of Lanphar's opinion that the Topolbampo Colony is a "sad failure". Lanphar goes on to describe the conditions at the colony and insinuates that they should have waited until water and rail road provisions were made before attempting to build a colony at this place due to the growth of the surrounding areas. Lanphar concludes by describing the success of his business and his plans to visit in the Spring. The letter is ripped in multiple places.
This property deed, dated October 31, 1844, documents the sale of William Ingalls' portion of land in Aroostook County, Maine, known as Framington Academy Grant to James Hunton for one hundred and fifty dollars. The terms of payment permit Hunton to pay fifty dollars a year for three years with interest annually. The deed is signed by and includes seals of William Ingalls via his attorney, Fred Hobbs, James Hunton, and the witness, P. P. Binley.