LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN. Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847,

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LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN.
Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847,

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LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN.
Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847, to CHARLES MERRIAM of Springfield, Massachusetts, old folding creases, a few spots from seal, otherwise fine.

"I HAVE MANY WRITERS & NEIGHBORS WHO WISH TO LEARN THE 26 LETTERS OF THE ENGLISH ALPHABET & WISH TO HAVE COPIES OF THE ALPHABET ON A SHEET OF PAPER...." A letter from an American missionary in China to publisher Charles Merriam, in part requesting assistance in printing up an English alphabet chart with corresponding phonetic Chinese characters to help with instruction of the locals. The Reverend Samuel William Bonney (1815-1864) worked for publishers George and Charles Merriam—who in 1843 acquired the rights to Webster's dictionary—in the 1830s before undertaking missionary work with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
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LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN. Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847,
LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN. Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847,
LEARNING THE ALPHABET IN CHINESE: LETTER TO MERRIAM OF DICTIONARY RENOWN. Autograph Letter Signed ("S.W. Bonney" and "SWB"), 3 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined address leaf), Canton, China, February 20, 1847,
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