• Winchester Gun Founder's Son Introduced by Noah Porter, Yale President, Abolitionist

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    NOAH PORTER, JR. (December 14, 1811 – March 4, 1892) was an American academic, philosophe, author, editor of Webster’s Dictionary and President of Yale College (1871 – 1886). Porter opposed slavery and integrated an anti-slavery position with religious liberalism.


    Offering a fine ALS, 5 x 8, March 5, 1888, introducing William Winchester, the son of Oliver Winchester.  “This will introduce to you acquaintance Mr. Wm. Winchester of New Haven [CT] whose father is a prominent citizen of this city. Mr. W goes to Europe for the first time. I bespeak for him your kind attention while he is in Paris. With regards to Mrs. S. Very truly yours, N. Porter.


    “New Haven”


    Verso contains the name of Rev. R.H. Leely of Paris “to introduce Mr. Wm Winchester” indicating the letter was hand carried by William.


    The letter contains some stray writing on the verso and some remaining residue from having once been attached to another sheet.


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