FERDINAND C. EWER HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Very Truly Yours, F. C. Ewer", 5 x 3.75, Wednesday in Holy Week, 1880, New York, letter of acknowledgment to another minister, by rector of Christ Church in New York City and designer of the rare 1869 historical map of Nantucket island. Age toning and stain to right edge, otherwise in fine condition.
Ferdinand C. Ewer (1826-83) It is not clear exactly what prompted the Reverend Ewer to design his historical map of Nantucket. Although he had spent many years of his youth on the island, where his family had deep roots, he had long since left it behind. After graduating from Harvard, he had tried his hand unsuccessfully at several occupations in California (panning for gold, making maps for a civil engineer, and working as a reporter) before experiencing a barroom conversion and entering the ministry. His religious duties then took him to New York City, where he served as rector of Christ Church.