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Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Tiffany and Co.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08978 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: January 1884 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Requesting a contribution of $5,000 towards completing the base of the Statue of Liberty. "You will no doubt deplore with us the marked indifference of the citizens of New York to the munificent gift of the French People to the People of the United States - A colossal Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World...We know that this is hardly a time to make an appeal for money, but the necessity is imperative." If the remaining half of the needed $250,000 is not raised soon, work must be halted, which would "produce the most unfavorable comments upon our patriotism and spirit." Therefore Tiffany and Company has been chosen as one of twenty prominent citizens asked to contribute. Co-signed by William Evarts and Joseph Drexel.

People: Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885.
Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901.
Drexel, Joseph Wilhelm, 1833-1888.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: President, Liberty, Monument, France, American Symbols and Seals, Patriotism, Finance, Business and Finance, Charity and Philanthropy

Sub Era: The Gilded Age Immigration and Migration