Cooper, Peter. Autograph Letter Signed to Thurlow Weed, New York, New York, Dated 29 January 1875. Sheet measures 8 inches x 5 inches on the official lined stationery of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, with a vignette of the famous New York landmark building and with Peter Cooper’s name listed as President.
Peter Cooper was a wide-ranging inventor, manufacturer and philanthropist. Among his many achievements, he designed and built the first successful steam locomotive in the United States (the “Tom Thumb”), manufactured various iron and steel products, and backed Cyrus Field in the laying of the Atlantic Cable. Here, at age 83, Cooper writes to Thurlow Weed, a retired New York State journalist and politician who had been enormously influential in Whig, then Republican Party affairs, and who was closely allied with William Seward. This is a letter of introduction for Mr. C. A. Piercy, who “has been very favorably recommended to me. He will best inform you what is his desire.” Signed in full, with one of the most famous American examples of autograph penmanship. Fine condition.