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    [Samuel Colt]. Death Notice. Four integral pages, 5.75" x 7", Hartford. Printed announcement with of the death of Colt who "Died at Hartford On Friday morning, January 16, 1862." Below is printed a short poem by American author and Connecticut native, Lydia H. Sigourney: "And hath he fallen, - whom late we saw in manly vigor bold? That stately form, - that noble face, Shall we no more behold?" With original transmittal envelope addressed to "Mr. & Mrs. Fales" in the hand of Colt's widow, Elizabeth. The cause of death was gout.

    Also, the Death Notice of Colt's infant daughter, Henrietta Selden Colt, who died four days after her father, "Aged 7 Months and 27 Days." Three integral pages, 4.5" x 7", Hartford, January 20, 1862. On this notice also appears a poem by Sigourney, titles "The Mourning Mother": "A tomb for thee, my babe! Dove of my bosom, can it be? But yesterday in all they charms, Laughing and leaping in my arms, A tomb and shroud for thee!...Thy noble father's there, But the last week he died, He would have stretched out his guarding arm, To shelter thee from every harm, Nestle thee to his side." With Mrs. Colt's calling card addressed to Mr. Fales in Elizabeth's hand. Out of the five children Colonel and Mrs. Colt had, only one survived to adulthood. But sadly, he drowned at sea at the age of 36.


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    Thomas Fales left his father's plantation on the island of Cuba in 1832 and obtained a job with Fesser Albers & Co., one of the largest import/export firms on the island. He worked for the firm for fifteen years and, by the end, he was managing the operation in Albers' absence. In the meantime, he married a native of Hartford, Connecticut who found Cuba unfavorable to her health, and the couple moved to the United States, settling in Hartford.

    In 1849, he went into business with John R. Tracy and established Tracy & Fales which manufactured passenger and freight cars for the railroad. In 1852, Tracy was bought out and Tracy & Fales became Fales & Gray. Business went well until 1854, when a boiler explosion destroyed the factory and killed 25 men, injuring 50 others. Coupled with Robert Schuyler's stock fraud the same year, the company went under.

    Fales floated from one business venture to another until he was contacted by arms manufacturer Samuel Colt. Colt offered Fales a job as Secretary of the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, which he accepted in 1862. By this time, the war was on and business was booming. Fales worked for Colt for six years before he returned to Cuba with his family. Civil war broke out on the island, forcing the family to move back to Harford in 1870. He again moved from business to business, returning to Colt once in 1881, before dying sometime in the late 1880s. Lots 34056 through 34060 in this auction are from the personal papers of Thomas Fales.



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