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P.T. BARNUM - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/05/1876 - HFSID 274061

P. T. BARNUM A letter to a friend, asking about his relationship with a Rev. Johnson of Ohio Autograph letter signed: "P. T. Barnum", 1p, 5x8. Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1876 November 5. To "My dear Emerson", his cousin, Reverend George Emerson of Salem, Massachusetts.

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P. T. BARNUM
A letter to a friend, asking about his relationship with a Rev. Johnson of Ohio
Autograph letter signed: "P. T. Barnum", 1p, 5x8. Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1876 November 5. To "My dear Emerson", his cousin, Reverend George Emerson of Salem, Massachusetts. In full: "Confidentially, How is Rev. Johnson who preached in Ohio at same time you did & afterwards in Baltimore. He says when you were younger you & he were chums. Is he what we want here?. Yours truly". 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 paper and adhesive remnants show through lightly at upper and lower edges. Some paper separation at two horizontal mailing folds repaired with matching colored tape on verso. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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