As Lehigh University's first President, he orders two history
Autograph Letter signed: "Henry Coppée/President", 1 page,
5x8¼, Lehigh University, South Bethlehem [Pennsylvania], 1869 May 4.
To "Gentlemen", in full: "Please send me, as per last
catalogue (10) Lucretitte, Histoire de France 6 vol $2, (43) Busk's History of
Spain and Portugal .50. Yours truly". Henry Coppée (1821-1895), a
graduate of the US Military Academy and veteran of the Mexican War, brevetted
to captain for gallantry at the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, taught
English at West Point (1850-1855) before leaving the Army to devoted himself
fully to an academic career. He taught literature at Penn (1850-1855) before
becoming the first President of Lehigh University (1855-1866, and also
pro tem 1893-1895). He lectured in history, political economy, logic and
rhetoric, and Shakespeare, and wrote several books, including a biography of
U. S. Grant. Multiple mailing folds. Corners worn. Mounting residue on front
below signature (touching "President"). Unknown stain at lower center. Ink note
(unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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