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Legendary Banker Stephen Girard Delivers Sad News
ALS. 1pg. 7.5? x 9?. October 21, 1803. Philadelphia, PA. An autograph letter signed ?Stephen Girard? to James Cooper regarding the death of an associate?s son. In part: ?It is on a very unpleasant circumstance and with much grief that I am under the necessity of addressing you. Knowing your intimacy with our mutual friend Capt. Robert Bethell I beg that you will communicate him the lamentable news of the death of his warthy Son Mr. Robt. Bethell Jun. enclosed in a letter from Mr. Martin Birkham residing at the Isle of France which affirms that melancholy circumstance.? Aside from a prominent brown spot covering a few words of text, the document is clearly legible with a bold signature.
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