P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1858 - HFSID 1892
P. T. BARNUM Barnum handwrote, dated and signed this letter in New York in 1858 to D. H. Humphrey, writing that he will "hasten to comply with your request". Autograph Letter signed: "P. T. Barnum", 1 page, 4¾x3½. New York, 1858 January 8. To D.H.
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P. T. BARNUM
Barnum handwrote, dated and signed this letter in New York in 1858 to D. H. Humphrey, writing that he will "hasten to comply with your request".
Autograph Letter signed: "P. T. Barnum", 1 page, 4¾x3½. New York, 1858 January 8. To D.H. Humphrey, in full: "Yours of the 30th ult is rec - & I hasten to comply with your request. Truly yours". In 1835, Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) began his career as a showman with his purchase and exploitation of a Black woman, Joyce Heth, reputed to have been the nurse of George Washington and to be over 160 years old. He purchased Scudder's American Museum in New York in 1841, adding to it to make his museum one of the most popular shows in the U.S. Barnum retired in 1855 but, because of creditors, resumed his career as showman and museum proprietor in 1857. In 1869, Barnum organized "The Greatest Show on Earth" which opened in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1871. In 1881, he became partners with James A. Bailey of Cooper, Bailey and Company's Circus, forming "Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth". In 1907, his circus was sold to Ringling Brothers. Mounting adhesive remnants on verso show through at left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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