"I TOOK QUITE A TURE IN THE COUNTRY TO DAGUERRETYPE."
DE RIEMER, CORNELIUS BROUWER. 1804-1872. Autograph Letter Signed ("C.B. De Riemer"), 3 pp, recto and verso, conjoined leaves, Milwaukee, December 13, 1845, to his cousin Henry Sleight of Poughkeepsie, NY, folds, light soiling at address panel, ink stamp on blank corner.
A charming letter from an amateur daguerreotypist in Wisconsin, encouraging his cousin to head west, and with a brief mention that "two months since I took quite a ture in the Country to Daguerretype, & see the Country." Like many pioneering photographers, De Riemer was by trade a silversmith; before emigrating, he ran a silver shop in Auburn, New York. He later returned there, and was recorded as a daguerreian at the studio of E.P. Senter in January, 1850. De Riemer seems then to have remained in New York State, and was still taking daguerreotypes in Auburn in 1860 with his partner D.E. Close. Written within five years of the daguerreotype's arrival in America, this letter adds to the photohistory of the Midwest. We appreciate the assistance of John S. Craig in supplying information on De Riemer.