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Mosby, John S. (1833-1916) to: Sam Chapman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03921.49 Author/Creator: Mosby, John S. (1833-1916) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1915/02/04 Pagination: 1 p. + env.

anniversary of the day he took over the Hong Kong consulate 36 years ago; opposition to Wilson's shipping bill; arranging a sitting for the group painting.


9 April 1914, The Alamo
Dear Sam:
When I wrote the above date I was reminded that this is the anniversary of the day I took charge of the Hong Kong consulate - 36 years ago. I had a letter from the artist telling me that he will paint you & Col. Wm. in the ? wh. I suppose will satisfy Josie. The artist says you all must come to New York to his studio at the LaFayette G. A. R. Port - Colonel Wm. writes that he is willing to go - so do Major Daly & Stockton & ? hire. I think it best for you allnot to go in a lump & I want Fount to go on with Colonel William. Fount can stay with his son in New York. It want do for Daly & Colonel Wiliam to go together. They don't love each other. My grandson - Spottswood Campbell & my nephew - Jack Russell - are in New York & will be glad to see you. I am dead aginst Woodrow shipping ?. It will be an interruption in favor of Germany if we buy her ships that are interned - shut up in ports. The astist has a ? of & ? growth - says he is willing to wait some more - So I have asked him to include Ben Palmer & John Russell. I do not expect to go to New York this year.

Yours Truly
J.S. Mosby

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