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BRIGADIER GENERAL CORNELIUS VANDERBILT III - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/02/1904 - HFSID 299282

CORNELIUS VANDERBILT III Letter declining an invitation but extending one of his own Autograph Letter signed: "C. Vanderbilt", 1 page, 8½x11. 30 Pine Street, New York, 1904 December 2.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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CORNELIUS VANDERBILT III
Letter declining an invitation but extending one of his own
Autograph Letter signed: "C. Vanderbilt", 1 page, 8½x11. 30 Pine Street, New York, 1904 December 2. On personal letterhead "Dear Colonel Langer [?], in full: "I received your kind invitation last night, but very much regret that I am unable to accept it, as we have some people dining with us next Tuesday. We expect to move to 677 Fifth Avenue next Sunday, so won't you stop in and see us, for both my wife and I would like very much to see you again. With many thanks, Sincerely yours". Cornelius "Neily" Vanderbilt III (1873-1942), great grandson of family patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, was estranged from his parents (who disapproved of his marriage) and thus inherited only a modest share of the family fortune. Trained as a mechanical engineer, he acquired 30 patents for devices improve rail transportation. A member of the New York National Guard for 33 years, Vanderbilt rose to the rank of brigadier general and command of the 25th Infantry Brigade in France during World War I. An avid yachtsman, he successfully defended the America's Cup in 1903. His friendships included many of the crowned heads of Europe. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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