American showman; creator of The Greatest Show on Earth.
Autograph Letter Signed, one page, octavo, Bridgeport, Connecticut, September 24, 1881. On lined paper, imprinted with the name, “Waldemere.” To “My dear Dr. Reid.”
“I have just returned from the great show at St. Louis and found your letter. I hope Mr. Wildman has recd the document but have not yet seen him. Am glad to believe the losses by fire – will be nearly made good by outside parties.
P T Barnum writes this letter from Waldemere (literally meaning “Woods-by-the Sea”), the 17-acre estate he and his wife had built in 1869.
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