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Title Letter [manuscript]: New York, [N.Y.], to James Abbott, Detroit, [Mich.], 1832 July 13
Author Astor, William Backhouse (1792-1875)
Date
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 13, 1832, letter of introduction to fur trader James Abbott of Detroit, written by William B. Astor for Mr. Von Braunsberg (Alexander Philip Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied), who was beginning his two-year natural science expedition to the trans-Mississippi region of North America.
Names Abbott, James (1776-1859); Wied, Maximilian, Prinz von (1782-1867); Von Braunsberg, Mr
Places Detroit, Michigan, New York, United States
Keywords fur trade, trade, commerce, business, science, expedition, exploration
Theme Trade and Indian Economies; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

This introduction was probably never used, as cholera in Detroit and Buffalo prevented the prince from travelling west via the Great Lakes.

William Astor was a capitalist, son of John Jacob Astor, and nominal head of the American Fur Company prior to his father’s exit from the business in 1834.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 37
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue