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Mathew Brady

Autographed Letter

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Mathew Brady (May 18, 1822 - January 15, 1896), notable American photographer of the nineteenth century, authentic, autographed vintage letter (ALS), four pages, front and back, measuring 5 x 8 folded and 10 x 8 opened, dated November 25, 1865. Brady is considered the father of photojournalism as he took thousands of photos of the Civil War, including the surrounding scenes of many crucial battles.

In a rare autographed note, Brady pens instructions in the upper blank margin of an unsigned letter written by Elijah L. Cook, nephew of pioneer photographer Charles D. Fredricks, in full: “You will notice by the words underlined that the money was to have been handed to Mrs Fredricks – that is why I sent it to him instead of Mrs F direct. B.” The following underlining marks in purple ink were most probably made by Brady.

In part, “Dear Brady: My desire was to have written you before but have had those d—n chills several times since your letter of the 16th was recd which was not until the 21st as I was too unwell to come to town. My Uncle before he sailed spoke to me of the note and told me how to act about it. the money is to be given to my Aunt by me for her household expenses in addition to what my uncle sends her. And now I’ll tell you how you can arrange it, as I have read your letter to her. If you send on the interest and $200- (more if you can) to me on or before the (5th) fifth of Dec. it will be credited on the old note and a receipt given you for it. (She has left the whole thing to me as she says I know more about it than she does) the balance you can pay in two or three months, so much per month – as you can afford it. of course the more the better … I would like to postpone my marriage for 2 months if it were possible, as it would give me a chance to settle up with Funston, when there is considerable due me, and also to get my money from our old artillery Brigade of which, thank God, there is now a chance … We are to be married down in the Country. I would like to have you & wife come on if you could, but it will be a very quiet affair. I shall begin to send out Cards about the 8th. Keep all this to yourself…”

In fine condition, with the expected mailing folds.

 

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