PETER COOPER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/24/1874 - HFSID 16666
Sale Price $450.00
Cooper handwrote, signed and dated this letter in New York in 1874 to let Rev. Charles F. Deames know that he can't attend a meeting.
Autograph letter signed "Peter Cooper". 1 page, 5¼x8¼. New York, Feb. 24, 1874. Addressed to Rev. Charles F. Deames. In full: "My Dear Having been confined to the hous [sic] for a whole week with the exception of one day I shall not be able to attend the meeting you request. Yours Truly". Cooper (1791-1883, born in New York City) designed and built the first American locomotive, named Tom Thumb, in 1830; was the promoter and financial backer of Cyrus Field in the laying of the Atlantic cable; and founded Cooper Union in New York City (1859) "for the advancement of science and art". The school is still giving free courses in science, chemistry, electricity, engineering and art. In 1876, Cooper was the Greenback party nominee for President, receiving 81,737 votes out of 8.4 million votes cast. Lightly toned, especially around edges, stained, soiled and creased. Tears on bottom edge. Tape repairs on verso. Page was neatly torn from pad or notebook at left edge. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.
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