DescriptionCyrus W. Field Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", New York; July 29, 1859. A letter from Field to William Stimpson of the Smithsonian Institute transmitting a parcel from Curtis M. Lampson, a mutual friend.
Condition: The letter has the usual mail folds; Field's bold signature is slightly blossomed and has a bit of ink burn along the bottom of the "C".
Cyrus West Field (1819-1892) was an American businessman and entrepreneur who created the American Telegraph Company and laid the telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858.
William Stimpson (1832-1872) was a noted American scientist, primarily in marine biology, and was active in the Smithsonian, where he was director of the department of invertebrates. He later served as director of the Academy of Science in Chicago.
Sir Curtis Miranda Lampson (1806-1885) was an Anglo-American fur merchant who was an ardent promoter of the transatlantic telegraph cable.
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