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    George Francis Train Archive from His Time in England comprised of over 250 letters, calling cards, cartes de visite, and other ephemera related to his time in England, spanning the years 1860 through 1861. Train (1829-1904), a native of Boston, left the United States for England shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War to establish horse tramway operations in London and Birkenhead.

    Nearly 150 letters and calling cards are affixed to the pages of an 8" x 9.75" autograph album, bound in leather with decorative borders gilt stamped on the covers and spine. The remaining material is loose. Contained within the autograph album are over forty letters from nobility, politicians, military men, journalists, and others accepting invitations to a luncheon for the opening of the First Street Railway, a horse-drawn tram in London in March 1861. He was arrested later that year and tried for damaging a London street.

    Other letters (both found in the album and loose) thank him for photographs, accept or decline invitations to breakfast and dinner banquets, etc. Several letters from notable people are also present including letters and a calling card from British illustrator George Cruikshank and letters from British illustrator Tom Hood (with an original drawing), British actor John Drew, United States Congressman Fernando Wood, and American landscape painter Jasper Francis Cropsey.

    Train remained in England promoting his rail lines and the Union cause until shortly before the end of the war. He financed the Union Pacific Railroad by founding Credit Mobilier and financed a portion of the Transcontinental Railroad. He ran for president in 1872 and between 1870 and 1890 made three trips around the world, inspiring author Jules Verne to write Around the World in Eighty Days.

    Condition: The letters and other documents show the expected age toning, staining, or foxing, but are in very good or better condition. The front cover and spine covering of the album has separated from the textblock, but are still attached to the rear cover.


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