BARNUM, P.T. (1810-1891). American showman and entrepreneur. ALS. (“P.T. Barnum” and “P.T.B.”). 2pp. 8vo. Bridgeport, July 31, 1855. Written on Barnum’s highly decorative American Museum stationery on which Barnum has crossed out “New York,” written “Bridgeport, CT,” and marked the letter “Private.” To Mr. (H.B.) Curtis of the Ohio law firm Curtis and Scribner.
“That Nichols is injuring my credit very much by peddling around my acceptances all over the country at enormous shares. Two of them which had been forwarded by some broker in Ohio were sold yesterday in Wall St. New York for 1½ per cent per month. Now this of course won’t do, & I cannot send him any more acceptances but must take them all up as they come due & I must now proceed to sell that property. I don’t see any other way. So I would be glad to get you to take hold of the matter promptly as we talked, and have it all sold. Will you please to take it in hand – as you know all the ropes. Truly yours… P.S. Mr. Higby sent you on Saturday last the certificates of R[ail] R[oad] stock asked for. I fear that the officer who took Turner’s depositions neglected to have the witnesses identify them, but perhaps not. I send copy of Buices [?] letter certified by R. D. Turner. He is expected every day in N.Y. when he comes I’ll try to send the original. P.T.B.”