P.T. Barnum to Moses
Letter 1, January 30,
January 30th, 1843
Yours is recd. and before going into the a/c know more
how we stood than the man in the moon. I believe they
have got it all correct now -- if not let me know
at once, and I'll straigten [sic] it as I have copied it
all plainly on to my book
My business averaged about $70 per day last week. so
yours is not better than that. As I have to raise $500
to pay a Private loss before the 22 Feb. I send
the General to Philadelphia on Sunday next. I
shall run on and make arrangements next Thursday. He
will probably be ready for you about the 1st to 10th of
March. In a few days I will send you some fine
lithograph of him so that you can be giving him
notoriety. More of him anon.
Lyman don't know how Taylor is doing -- in fact he is
now in Newark having; hired out to exhibit Christ and
the Last Supper? I hope to continue to hear
favorably from Taylor?. I myself feared he was remitting
too fast -- he knows best, and if without a penny he --
has a address that would command assistance. In
fact, acquainted with merchants in most of the south
I must have the fat boy or the other monster
something new in the course of this week so as to
sure to put them in the General's place next
Monday. Don’t fail! I don't want Yan Zoo unless he
can perform on 8 feet stage and will come for $15 per
week for two weeks with the privilege on my part and he
pay his own expenses -- indeed I don't want him at all
if you send the fat boy or something as good. Miss Smith
will answer me anytime as well as Miss Mills from
whom I have heard nothing. I hope you will get the
Mother Carys chickens, for me. Now more about the
General. I pay him an his father $7 per week and
board and traveling expenses for all three father mother
and son, and I have engaged my good friend Parson
Hitchcock at $12 per week, board and travelling
expenses. . .He is now doing it for and does it first
rate. He will do the same at Philadelphia and Baltimore.
When the Genl. goes to Boston the Parson may continue
with him or he may remain here and attend to Peales
Museum while the boy and parents go to Boston, and you
pick up some genteel person in Boston to do it. Just as
you please. I dare not trust my singer with him lest he
may hamper with the Parents and try to hire them away.
Indeed I fear the same from any person you might employ
there. Hitchcock wages may seem high -- but he is
genteel, industrious and knowing the way of the boy
well., I think he will well earn all I pay him and of
course before returning from Phil. and Baltimore he will
be thoroughly rehearsed. So do as you please
about Hitchcock but only if he don't go to Boston, you
must employ some persons who won't pamper with
the parents. Peales took $60 last week.
Applegates Mammoth 45 inches by 56 inches red and black,
cost $13 Per 100 double that size $26. I can't raise 25
feet width at Peales.
Don't fail to send me some attractions in time
for next week.
Yours forever and a day
P.T. Barnum Letters To Moses Kimball
- Disability History Museum,
(March 04, 2009)
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