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    Phineas T. Barnum: Autograph Letter Signed Transmitting Jenny Lind's Signature. P. T. Barnum Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 5", Revere House, Boston, October 2, 1850, addressed to Charles H. Merse. A letter addressed to Merse where P. T. Barnum transmits the autograph of the Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind. It reads in full: "I have great pleasure in enclosing you the autograph of Mlle Jenny Lind." Signed, "P.T. Barnum." Together with:

    Johanna Maria "Jenny" Lind Signature. One page, 6.5" x 4", Albany, July 1851. Also included is a carte de visite [CDV] of Lind, measuring 2.25" x 4".

    The three pieces are mounted to an 8.5" x 11" page with mounting squares. COA from RR Auctions accompanies the lot. Some minor scattered soiling with smoothed folds.

    Lind, popularly called "The Swedish Nightingale," agreed to travel to the United States at the behest of P.T. Barnum in 1849. The famous showman convinced Lind to undertake a yearlong tour of the country under his management and promotion. After her arrival in late 1850, she performed in over 90 concerts and earned approximately $350,000 (around $11 million today), which she donated to various charities in Sweden and the US. Lind, uncomfortable with Barnum's management style, severed their contract after a few months, but the relationship remained amicable.


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