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    Cyrus West Field Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10", New York; July 31, 1837. Addressed to his father, David Dudley Field, a historical writer and clergyman, in which he discusses some cloth he purchased for a dress for his mother, a total of nine yards of calico costing him 56 cents. He also mentions his brothers, David Dudley Field II and Henry Martyn Field, who became a New York Representative and prominent minister and author, respectively. It reads in part: "David will probably go to Commencement; and I hope that I shall have the pleasure to meet you, Mother, & Mary as well as many Stockbridge friends there...I found a remnant of calico a few days ago...which I could purchase for...56 cts; which I obtained, and send by this opportunity and will you ask Mother, if she will please to accept it as a present from me." Signed, "C.W. Field."

    Cyrus West Field (1819-1892) was an American financer and inventor noted for laying the first successful transatlantic cable. After making his fortune in the paper business, he consulted with Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, and formed the Atlantic Telegraph Company in 1856. Despite several failed attempts, including one in 1858 where the cable operated successfully for a mere three weeks, he succeeded in 1866 and nearly instant communication across the Atlantic was established. He was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and received the Congressional Gold Medal from Congress in 1867.

    Condition: Lightly toned and rubbed. Two .75" closed tears caused from removal of seal when opened. .75" open tear from seal removal. Five small areas of staining from previous mounting on verso.

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