BRIGADIER GENERAL HORACE PORTER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 07/12/1876 - HFSID 168489
GENERAL HORACE PORTER American Civil War Brigadier General Horace Porter signed this letter to George Pullman, designer of the Pullman Railroad Car, in 1876 about a railroad's payments for using Pullman's cars. Manuscript LS: "Horace Porter" as Vice President of Pullman's Palace Car Company.
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GENERAL HORACE PORTER
American Civil War Brigadier General Horace Porter signed this letter to George Pullman, designer of the Pullman Railroad Car, in 1876 about a railroad's payments for using Pullman's cars.
Manuscript LS: "Horace Porter" as Vice President of Pullman's Palace Car Company. 2 pages, 7¾x10½, single-sides sheets, ruled paper. On letterhead from the Office of the Vice President at Pullman's Palace Car Company. July 12, 1876. Addressed to George M. Pullman, Esq., President. In full: "Dear Sir. I have had an interview with Mr. Bishop and discussed at some length our matters connected with the line over his road. He is naturally dissatisfied at the present manner of running the line, each car collecting its own receipts, and the necessity of running the cars in a regular order to make this equitable, though this has been done at his own suggestions. I pointed out to him the true way of running such a line by pooling the receipts, as we have done in other cases. He seemed to object to this and finally stated that what he really wants to is, to have us furnish all the cars by paying him a toll upon each passenger over his road. He says this would make it very satisfactory to him and he would in an emergency at any time put in cars of his own, lending them to us and charging us a reasonable rental for any number of days that might be required. - He will be in town the early part of next week and would like some proposition made to him upon this basis. When you come on we can talk this over and Mr. Bishop will meet us here. He gave us no intimation of the tolls he desired but I suppose he would expect to get as much as Wagner pays him which is one third of the fare over his road. Yours very truly". GEORGE M. PULLMAN and a friend designed the Pullman Railroad Car with a folding upper berth (1864) and extensible seat cushions to make a lower berth. The Pullman Palace Car Co. was organized in 1867. Besides the sleeping car bearing his name, Pullman also devised dining cars (1868), chair cars (1875) and vestibule cars (1887). Graduating from West Point in 1860, HORACE PORTER commanded the artillery used in capturing Fort Pulaski which guarded the harbor of Savannah, Georgia, in April, 1862. He saw action at Chickamauga in 1863 for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor 39 years later. In April, 1864, Porter became Aide-de-Camp to General Grant and was with him at Appomattox. After the war he remained a member of Grant's military staff and later became his White House military adviser. Porter became Vice President of the Pullman Car Company after resigning from the Army in 1873. Folds, creased, not near signature. Paper clip impression in top left corner. Otherwise in fine condition.
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