I've got most of it done, but "???" is left unfinished:
Washington, March 6th, 1837
I have just received your note of the 4th instant, enclosing the prospectus of "The United States Magazine and Democratic Review." I have read the prospectus with much interest, as I have long thought such a work in the great city of the Union was much wanted; and as an evidence of approbation of this work, you will find me one of your subscribers.
? I am? genttlemen with
great respects, yours
I still have no idea of what the word before Langheed O'Sulivan is.
I think it's just the name of the addressees, 'Messrs. S*ang<???> and O'Sullivan.'
Two things about 'Messrs' may need explanation:
- it's written using the convention of this sort of script that when s is doubled the second (or maybe the first I'm not sure...) is lengthened. In hasty script there may be a 'shorthand' convention that one long s = double s (a bit like German β = ss)
- 'Messrs.' was (still is, in old-established business names) the standard abbreviation for Messieurs, the plural of Monsieur - so it just means 'the plural of Mr, but I'm not writing 'Mrs' because you're several men rather than one married woman'
PS This is an afterthought. I initially followed Raymott's example.
Last edited by BobK; 27-Apr-2013 at 16:39. Reason: Added PS