Barnum to Moses Kimball,
6, October 12, 1843
American Museum Oct. 12th 
It's lucky for me that I didn't bet you the
beaver for I expect you'll beat me high and
dry -- Still if it don't rain Saturday I'll
try to pick up on the strength of the Croton
anniversary. I'll write you Saturday what I
have taken thus far and then we will compare
notes. I have agreed to let John Lefton have
t[he] General one night next week at [?] 's
for his Benefit. I am to take General on the
stage and show him off -- and have somebody
in the boxes call out to ha[ve] him
passed around which I shall decline but
express my regret at being obliged to
do so, as he must return at once to the
American Museum, but that they can see him
shake hands and converse with him at the
Museum any day during the week! Lefton
gives me $50 -- and will not detain him 30
minutes. I have fixed Phillips. I
have advised [?] to choose between
starvation and wealth by extending his [?]
with you and he says he will be very glad to
do it if you (as I said you would) lay out a
great amount (I told him $1000) [?] getting
plays for her -- cracking her up etc. He
don't know that [you] have suggested it but
has promised me to propose it to you
him[self] So that is O.K. A copy of
Charles XII could not be got so I have
borrowed this of John Lefton with a solemn
promise that you will return it uninjured.
[?]'s folks can't get the pony -- but
propose [to] get another -- I decline
and ask for my money, which they agree I
shall have. Now my dear fellow what must I
give you for your smallest. Touch me
like a Christian of some fellow
feeling and write by return express.
As ever thine in haste
Harrington has not had a single call
for his Dioramas.
M. Kimball Esq.
P.T. Barnum Letters To Moses Kimball
October 12, 1843
- Disability History Museum,
(March 04, 2009)
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