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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||View date in the chronology|
|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|
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|