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P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/21/1861 - HFSID 345626

P.T. BARNUM The showman and performer signed this handwritten letter asking for a referral concerning Julia Embree Autograph Letter Signed: “P.T. Barnum” in black ink on a 5½x7¾ sheet of paper. One page. To Mrs. A.C. Wilson.

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P.T. BARNUM
The showman and performer signed this handwritten letter asking for a referral concerning Julia Embree
Autograph Letter Signed: “P.T. Barnum” in black ink on a 5½x7¾ sheet of paper. One page. To Mrs. A.C. Wilson. In Part: “An English woman named Julia Embree refers to you as cook and laundress…can you tell me whether she is a good cook and laundress and whether she is very clean - and a woman of good habits”. Barnum (1810-1891, born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut) began his career as a showman in 1835 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. Vertical and horizontal folds meet in center. Worn left edge. Edges trimmed. Minor stain on signature (legible). Otherwise, fine condition.

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