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Calvin Noble     $15.00

One page stampless letter, Sept. 17, 1855, Ravenna, Ohio, by Judge Calvin L. Noble (1813-89) whose major claim to fame is his misspelling of the word Cleaveland, Ohio, for Cleveland, Ohio-- the latter becoming the name the city goes by today. In this letter to his brother-in-law, Orlando Davidson of Boardman, Ohio, Judge Noble writes about is run away horse that was scared by local militia training and requests that the horse be returned if it returned to Davidson's location. In part: "Dear brother- My horse got frightened last Monday and broke out of the lot, and I have followed him to Palmyra and I am induced to think he has gone home...[If so send him back]... He got frightened at the noise of the general training in this place on that day, which was the cause of his breaking out- being in a lot close by the town and they marched near the lot... Yours in haste, Calvin L. Noble." Cleveland, Ohio was founded by Moses Cleaveland (1754-1806) a Connecticut politician, soldier, and surveyor who founded the town while surveying the Connecticut Western Reserve in 1796. The fledging town was named Cleaveland in his honor. In 1830 Judge Noble (then only 17 years old) who was then living in Cleaveland, founded the "Cleveland Advertiser", a Democratic newspaper. Because the type was too wide for his display head-line, he left out the letter "a" in the town name, changing the spelling from “Cleaveland” to “Cleveland.” [That is how he explained it. Quite possibly he just misspelled it and was so embarrassed after the fact that he used this explanation]. The public adopted to the change (probably didn't know any better anyway) and that is the spelling that has remained to this day. In September, 1833, Judge Noble moved to Fort Defiance, and became a fur buyer for the American Fur Company-- fur being the principal source of revenue in northwestern Ohio at the time. He later became an agent for the American Land Co., and laid out the city of Bryan, Ohio. For a time, he served in the Ohio House of Representatives. In 1856, the year after this letter, he moved to Paulding, Ohio and became a probate judge. He died in Paulding in 1889. The letter has a dark "Ravenna O Sep 17" circle cancel w/ "Paid" 10 marking. Noble also signs his name again on the address "Will Mr. Boardman pleas(e) to hand this over immediately. C. L. Noble." Some age staining (see scans) and minor split, o/w good. Buyer pays


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