P.T. Barnum to Moses Kimball,

Letter 8, January 30, 1845


London January 30th 1845

My dear Moses,

I was glad to perceive by the last steamer that you had not forgotten me althogether [sic] and was rejoiced to learn that you are in good health and business good.
My business continues as good as usual -- our showfolks are in Exeter 200 miles off where I go tonight to join them. I have been [away] the last four days on account of my family -- the youngest of whom has been dangerously ill, but who now thank God is much better and will probably get along -- though her health is very delicate.

Since New Year's (the new Tom Thumb administration) my profits have averaged $800 per week and I think if the general lives I may safely count on clearing $25,000 per annum. You may well say it is a "fairy business". The Stratton's are crazy -- absolutely deranged with such golden success. At first they were inclined to take airs, carry high heads, and talk about what we were doing but when Mrs. Stratton began to be too inquisitive about the business and to say that she thought expenses were too high and that I spent too much for printing etc. I told them both very decidedly that I was the manager and that unless the whole was left to my direction [I] would not stay a single day, their horns were hauled in very suddenly you may depend, and they are now down to their old level where you may be sure I shall keep them. I can do business with blockheads and brutes when there is money enough to be made by it, but I can't be tempted by money to associate with them, nor allow them to rule.
I am very sorry that Bunker Hill turned out so badly in N.Y. It's a devilish pity you can't squeeze it on to the Stage of the Museum, and when it becomes good for nothing else I guess you must try to curtail it so as to get it there. In April I shall have plenty of attractions there, sent from London but till then I expect that Hitchcock will be short of novelties and might use Bunker Hill to good advantage. By the way Moses I want to get some beautiful Dissolving views painted in London, illustrating the history of the American Revolution, and in order to do that I must have correct prints, colored so as to give the correct colors of the military costumes etc. and as you know much more of these subjects than either Hitchcock or me, I must trouble you to collect them and send them to me by the next steamer.

First I want the landing of our forefathers at Plymouth, then an Indian Treaty or two (I already have Penn's treaty), then any pictures of their skirmishes with the Indians -- then the picture of throwing over the tea in Boston harbor -- then all the different battles, both by land and sea -- also a good view of Bunker Hill as it now is. etc., etc,, etc., -- affording a complete pictorial history of our country up to the close of the Revolution and a group of Liberty, the American flags, shield and the devil and all as a grand and glorious Finale to the patriotic drama. A good view of Fanneuil Hall, Washington's seat at Mount Vernon, would all help fill up the plot. Also correct portraits of all our Presidents, now on the whole I only care for those of Washington and Jefferson and Jackson! Now my dear fellow, set your wits to work and give me the fruits thereof. I don't want expensive prints; as any, however small will answer to print form -- it is only necessary that they are correct, and one battle piece should be colored so that the artist can get a correct idea of the color of the American uniforms.

Please send them in a package by Handon, (?) Adams or someone who will deliver them to "T. Brettle,Esq., 40 Rupert Street, Haymarket, London," and charge same to Hitchcock, You see my idea, and I trust you will carry it fully out. I give you joy of Lyman and the baby -- I hope that they may prove as rich a mine for you as the General has for me.

I am glad the old Lowell Museum is turning out, so rich, and am also glad that you are so strong a National Republican -- put me down as one -- for if ever I return I'll go that ticket -- it's time to fight against foreign interference in our elections.
Wishing you every success and happiness, In which Mrs. B. joins -- also in respect to your lady.
I am truly yours
P.T. Barnum

Moses Kimball, Esqr.
Boston Museum
Boston, United States of America
pr Royal Steamer 4th Feb. from Liverpool

P.T. Barnum Letters To Moses Kimball - January 30, 1845 - Boston Athenaeum - Disability History Museum, www.disabilitymuseum.org  (March 04, 2009)


All stories are the property of Sideshow World & their respective authors.  Any republication in part or in whole is strictly prohibited. 

For more information please contact us here.


Back to the Good Old Days      Back to Main


All photos are the property of their respective owners whether titled or marked anonymous.

"Sideshow WorldTM" is the sole property of John Robinson All rights reserved.

 sideshowworld.com   sideshowworld.org   sideshowworld.net  sideshowworld.biz   sideshowworld.info

is the sole property of John Robinson   All rights reserved.

E-Mail Sideshow World     E-Mail The Webmaster