• Industrialist, Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie Shares Family News With Friend

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    ALS, 4 pp on conjoined pages of his personal stationary, 4/12/[18]76 to “My Dear Miss Chace.”

                                                                    

    “It is too bad I can’t be with you Friday eve.  I trust you will be very happy – very much obliged for you remembering me –

     

    “We had fully expected some of you to have been here at this [time].  However the weather is yet unsettled.  New York will be just right shortly & no doubt your Mother & you will be down – I rejoice to say Mother has been in splendid health all this winter.  She begins to sniff the mountain breezes now & now counts the days –

     

    “She goes to Philadelphia early in June & hence to Cresson [Cresson was the location of Carnegie’s Pennsylvania Summer home.]

     

    “My round the world trip forms more & more constantly a theme for speculation.  I am rapidly getting the fever beyond control.

     

    “Please remember me to Miss Clara when you write.  We have heard nothing from ??? about her for a long, long time – tell her as she comes East we shall expect to be apprized. Stewart’s death in the ??? at 73 – piling up dollars saddens me – I am concocting noble revolutions.  We shall see – My kind regards to your fond Mother & to your brother.

     

    “Your truly – friend

     

    “Andrew Carnegie”

     

    Soiling to the top of the third page. Else very good.

     

    ANDREW CARNEGIE (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He became one of the richest Americans in history and was a leading philanthropist in the United States and in the British Empire.  During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away $350 million (conservatively $65 billion in 2019 dollars), almost 90 percent of his fortune.  Carnegie was born in Scotland and immigrated with his parents in 1848 at age 12.  He started work as a telegrapher and by the 1860s had investments in railroads, railroad sleeping cars, bridges and oil derricks. He accumulated additional wealth as a bond salesman.

     

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