P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/17/1853 - HFSID 43809
Sale Price $850.00
P. T. BARNUM
Barnum handwrote, signed and dated this short letter in 1853 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In it, he writes William C. Bryant that he will "with pleasure accede to your request".
Autograph letter signed "P T Barnum". With pencil notations in top corners in unknown hand. 1 page, 4 ¾ x 5, with partial embossing at top edge and wavy watermark. Bridgeport, Connecticut, June 17, 1853. Addressed to "Wm C. Bryant". In full: "Yours of the 6th inst is received and I with pleasure accede to your request. Truly Yours". The Bryant that this letter is addressed to is possibly William C. Bryant, a poet as well as part owner and editor-in-chief of the New York Evening Post. 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. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Edges are irregular. Adhesive residue and paper loss on verso; paper loss shows through in upper right edge but does not touch handwriting. Small dent in lower left corner. Folded five times horizontally and unfolded. Small tear along top fold near right edge, which touches salutation. Otherwise in fine condition.
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